Search

Lakeside Hammers progress into play-off final

PUBLISHED: 08:16 25 October 2018

Ben Morley in action at Arena Essex Raceway (Pic: Shane Chittock)

Ben Morley in action at Arena Essex Raceway (Pic: Shane Chittock)

SHANE CHITTOCK

Championship play-off semi-final: Lakeside Hammers 56 Peterborough Panthers 34

Lakeside Hammers team boss Will Pottinger admits it’s a relief they can now “focus everything” on title glory after cruising into the Championship play-off final.

The Hammers crushed a patched-up Peterborough side 56-34 with a 24-point aggregate success at Hoddesdon to go through to this weekend’s final against Workington.

It wasn’t completely plain sailing for the home side as the plucky Panthers kept the scores tight until a 5-1 in Heat 7 from Nick Morris and the excellent Ben Morley saw them finally pull clear.

Pottinger admitted: “It’s a relief to have finally made it through. It’s been a tough few days for the club but it’s good we can finally focus everything on the final.

“It’s going to be a massive weekend for Lakeside. It’s been a rollercoaster year that we could never have envisaged.

“But right from the start when promoter Jon Cook assembled this team I felt it was good enough to go all the way.

“Now we have and now we want to win it naturally. We will enjoy tonight and then from tomorrow it’s all about preparing for the final.”

The Hammers was delighted with Morley’s paid 13 from reserve and there were also vital contributions from Zach Wajknecht and Alfie Bowtell.

He added: “Strangely enough having another meeting has helped us get a few extra laps in around Rye House. That might help us in the long run.

“It showed tonight that our top three are winning races for fun. We just need the other boys to chip in a bit and we will be there or thereabouts winning the title.

“Workington will be a different proposition, we know that. They are a very solid side but I believe we are good enough.

“We have a bit more experience in the side and a lot of spirit. Nick Morris and Kyle Newman have won so many league titles and been in so many Play-Off finals, they know what it’s all about.

“Richard Lawson is also very experienced and solid on the big occasion. The boys are up for it and will be giving it everything, that’s for sure.”

Hammers were never likely to lose a grip on the semi-final after going into that 10-point lead after Heat 7.

In fairness to the depleted Panthers, they kept up the fight. But Morris and Lawson finally put the home side through to the final with a 5-1 in Heat 13 - the Australian producing a very slick unbeaten four rides to anchor the win.

Lakeside 56: Ben Morley 12+1, Nick Morris 12, Adam Ellis 12, Richard Lawson 10+2, Zach Wajtknecht 5, Alfie Bowtell 3+1, Kyle Newman 2.

Peterborough 34: Emil Grondal 9, Ashley Morris 7, Thomas Jorgensen 5+1, Theo Pijper 5+1, Carl Wilkinson 4+2, Simon Lambert 4+2.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 15:06

Essex proved themselves as serious Specsavers County Championship title contenders as they condemned table-toppers Somerset to their first defeat of the season.

Yesterday, 12:00

Sonali Othith have commenced training for over 50's and the management are calling on the community for support.

Yesterday, 09:00

Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter was pleased to play his part as they built a lead against Somerset in the County Championship.

Mon, 18:52

Home-grown heroes Aaron Beard and Jamie Porter celebrated signing new two-year contracts at Essex by sharing nine-wickets as the hosts took control of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Somerset.

Mon, 16:48

Leyton Orient has signed young duo Jayden Sweeney and Brendon Shabani to professional contracts.

Hammers youngster Trott looks for senior appearances for League One club

Mon, 15:26

Over 150 young women came together on Saturday to compete in a 7 a-side competition as part of the B Active summer showcase.

Mon, 11:00

Super Rangers remain unbeaten, London Fields produce strong display and Wapping Dolphins make it seven wins from seven.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists