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Hammers happy to host Eagles

PUBLISHED: 10:46 14 September 2011 | UPDATED: 09:45 15 September 2011

Lakeside and Eastbourne will battle it out in the play-offs (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Lakeside and Eastbourne will battle it out in the play-offs (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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It’s one we wanted says Douglas

Lakeside Hammers owner Stuart Douglas admits he is delighted to have been handed an Elite League derby play-off with Eastbourne.

Hammers will stage the first leg of the tie at Purfleet on Monday, and Douglas feels the pressure is on their rivals who finished with six more points in the regular league standings in second place.

Douglas said: “It’s the fixture we wanted. We now know that the atmosphere will suit the occasion, and that really transmits in a positive way to the lads.

“I feel we are really strong now, and in a good position in what has been a really closely fought league this year.

“The Eagles are a good side, and will be the bookies’ favourite for this semi, so all the pressure is on them.

“We are more than a match for them at the Arena-Essex Raceway and I think we can also give them a pretty close run at their track.”

The second leg takes place at Arlington on Monday week (September 26), while Poole have elected to face third-placed King’s Lynn in their semi-final and have home advantage for their second leg.

Monday September 19

ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 1st leg: King’s Lynn v Poole 7.30, Lakeside v Eastbourne 7.30.

Monday September 26

ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg: Eastbourne v Lakeside 7.30, Poole v King’s Lynn 7.30.


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