Cook: Lakeside Hammers have to look forward

PUBLISHED: 09:42 02 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 02 July 2016

Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Lakeside Hammers 42 Poole Pirates 48

Lakeside Hammers chief Jon Cook has vowed to do everything possible to get the club’s Elite League play-off bid back on track after a shock home loss last night.

The Vortex Hammers fell to a 48-42 defeat at the hands of a patched-up Poole side, who only had two of their starting seven riders available.

It was a savage blow which casts a shadow over the Hammers’ challenge for a top-four spot and they need to bounce back with home wins over Wolverhampton and Swindon later this month.

Cook said: “I will be talking to the riders and key members of staff at the club on a private basis in the days ahead.

“We have to move forward and do whatever it takes to get the club back on the road to the play-offs.

“Apart from that, as for the result and performance against Poole, I addressed the issue with supporters on the night and there is nothing more to add where that is concerned.”

The Vortex Hammers were undone by a Paul Starke masterclass, as he collected a paid 17 tally for the visitors, while 2012 world champion Chris Holder continued his fine run of form for Poole with 15.

Andreas Jonsson notched 11 for the home side, while fellow Swede Kim Nilsson was paid for a double-figure tally, as Hammers went into the meeting without Edward Kennett.

Hammers: Andreas Jonsson 11, Kim Nilsson 7+3, Richard Lawson 7+1, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Lewis Bridger 5+1, Robert Mear 3+2, Ben Morley 2, Edward Kennett R/R.

Poole: Paul Starke 16+1, Chris Holder 15, Adam Ellis 9+1, Ricky Wells 7, Bradley Wilson-Dean 1, Aaron Summers 0, Hans Andersen R/R.

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