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Lakeside Hammers relishing old rivalry

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 April 2017

Lakeside Hammers boss Kelvin Tatum (white) in racing action at the 2015 Rico Spring Classic (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

Lakeside Hammers boss Kelvin Tatum (white) in racing action at the 2015 Rico Spring Classic (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

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Eastbourne provide opposition on opening day

Lakeside Hammers boss Kelvin Tatum admits they have been counting down the days to their blockbuster season-opener against Eastbourne on Good Friday.

The Vortex Hammers will renew their old rivalry with the Eagles as they do battle twice over the course of the day.

The two sides will meet at the Arena-Essex Raceway at 1pm before heading down to Arlington for the second leg at 7.30.

With the Lee Richardson Memorial Trophy up for grabs, supporters are set to be in for some exciting action ad Tatum says they can’t wait to finally get a new era for the club underway on a busy day of action.

“We’ve been looking forward to this weekend for some time,” Tatum said. “It’s a great way to kick-off the season, against the old enemy, and it’s looking like being a fantastic day.

“We don’t have any real idea of where we stand at the moment, so we should come out of Friday with a better idea of how we stack up in the scheme of things.

“The weather forecast is looking clear, and with both teams battling for the Lee Richardson Memorial Trophy I’m sure we’ll get two very entertaining meetings.”

Meanwhile, the Hammers will hand Ryan MacDonald their No.7 race jacket after the Scottish youngster impressed at their press and practice day on Thursday.

Tatum added: “Ryan showed good pace, and he improved with every lap at a tricky circuit which was new to him.

“His pace was very encouraging, and the fact he’s made the effort to come all the way from Glasgow shows how much he wants to ride for the club.

“We’ll give him the No.7 race jacket for this weekend against Eastbourne, and then we’ll take things from there.”

Hammers: Ben Morley, George Hunter, David Mason, Alfie Bowtell, Zach Wajtknecht, Nick Laurence, Ryan MacDonald.

Eastbourne: Mark Baseby, Kelsey Dugard, Connor Coles, Mattie Bates, Georgie Wood, Charley Powell, Tom Brennan.

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