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Early signs are promising, says Lakeside Hammers co-promoter Cook

Lakeside's Lewis Bridger has endured a tough start to the Elite League season. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO Lakeside's Lewis Bridger has endured a tough start to the Elite League season. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Friday, April 11, 2014
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While the likes of Peter Karlsson and Lewis Bridger have yet to hit top form, Lakeside Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook insists the early signs are promising.

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The duo have been below-par as the Hammers sit top of the pile from their opening four Elite League meetings.

And though those two have struggled, the likes of Richard Lawson, Mikkel Bech and reserve Adam Ellis have more than made up for Karlsson’s and Bridger’s slow start.

Taking all that into consideration, Cook believes if it all manages to click together at once for the Hammers, then they’ll be on course for success this season.

“It’s not been the greatest of starts for Lewis and Peter, but it’s not for the want of trying for either,” said Cook.

“It’s not quite gone to plan for those two, but you look at the form of Adam down at reserve and Mikkel and that’s almost counteracted Peter’s and Lewis’ poor start.

“I am sure it will come for those two and if it can all click together at once then the signs will be promising.

“I think from the first four meetings last year we only picked up about two points so it’s nice for us to get off to a good start this time around.”

On Wednesday night, the Hammers went down 51-39 at King’s Lynn Stars, and they were on the end of a five-ride maximum from Grand Prix rider Niels Kristian-Iversen.

It looked like the visitors might have been on course to bring some points back from the Norfolk Arena, having led 23-19 after seven heats.

But despite impressive showings from Bech and Ellis, joint top scoring with a paid 12 points each, they returned empty handed.

And while it’s a track Lakeside haven’t fared particularly well at before, Cook was left slightly frustrated that they didn’t fulfill their early promise.

“It’s not a track we have done too well at before and it’s not a fixture we really targeted,” he added.

“It was disappointing to miss out at the end there, but there were plenty of positives for us to take.”

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