Hammers hope for brighter skies

PUBLISHED: 13:09 01 September 2011

Lakeside guest rider Ty Proctor  (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Lakeside guest rider Ty Proctor (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Brummies to return after washout

Lakeside Hammers will be hoping for a better forecast as they prepare to welcome Birmingham back to Purfleet on Friday.

The original attempt to stage the Elite League meeting a week ago failed when a heavy downpour left the track soaked shortly before the scheduled start time.

Hammers will look to bank three points to keep their play-off dreams alive, but have been forced into making one team change.

Ty Proctor replaces Kauko Nieminen, who has to ride for his Premier League club, Leicester Lions, and Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook said: “It’s a must-win, make-or-break meeting and, ideally, we would have had this out the way already.

“The team has been in great form recently and it’s a bonus to have Ty (Proctor) back with us so soon as he fitted in well here in our match against Peterborough.

“Results elsewhere are still falling in our favour and this is a hugely exciting race to be part of in our attempt to claim a place in the play-offs.

“When the season started you want to be in the play-off hunt come your last meeting and credit to the team for having overcome a string of injuries and poor form to put us in that position.”

Swedish rider Jonas Davidsson is set to make his delayed return to a Hammers race jacket this evening, with the action getting underway at 8pm after the parade of riders at 7.45pm.

Tickets are available on the night.

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