Hammers hoping to heat up

PUBLISHED: 16:03 27 March 2013

Lewis Bridger is set to make his Lakeside Hammers debut against former club Eastbourne on Friday (Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Lewis Bridger is set to make his Lakeside Hammers debut against former club Eastbourne on Friday (Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Speedway season draws nearer

Lakeside Hammers will be hoping things heat up on Friday as they face arch rivals the Eastbourne Eagles in their Elite League opener.

After another wet and wintry spell late last week put paid to their challenge matches with Peterborough, Hammers are looking to produce some red-hot action at Purfleet.

Temperatures are due to warm up slightly over the next couple of days and clashes between Hammers and Eagles are always among the highlights on the speedway calendar.

Hammers are due to practice tomorrow (Thursday) evening ahead of the clash, when fans are welcome to attend. All riders will be present with the exception of Davey Watt, who is on a pre-arranged two day training programme in Poland.

The club will go into Friday’s match with new signing Richard Lawson making his debut at reserve alongside Robert Mear.

The side will see Swede Peter Karlsson riding at No.1 alongside fellow countryman Kim Nilsson, with Watt completing the top five fresh from his Polish camp alongside Piotr Swiderski and another debutant in Lewis Bridger, who has joined from Eastbourne.

Eastbourne make just two changes to the team that competed for them in 2012.

The first change sees Dane Bjarne Pedersen back after racing for Birmingham last season where he replaces Finn, and former Hammer, Joonas Kylmakorpi who is taking time away from racing in this country.

The other change sees former Hammer Adam Shields, the Australian who spent five years in the Hammers colours, replace Bridger.

Shields started last season with Belle Vue but after just five League meetings for the Aces decided to take a break from the sport.

Those returning for the Eagles are Swedish rider Simon Gustafsson, Australian Cameron Woodward, who again captains the side, Finn Timo Lahti, Russian Denis Gizatullin and Lukas Dryml from the Czech Republic.

Courtesy of sponsors Ruggles & Jeffery, children aged six to 16 will be admitted to this meeting for just £1 under their ‘Kids for a Quid’ initiative.

The other admission prices are £17 for adults, £14 for Senior Citizens, Students and Disabled, £12 for Unemployed and 17-18 year olds and children under the age of six are admitted free of charge provided they are accompanied by a paying adult.

Proof of age or status may be requested. All tickets may be purchased on the night but, alternatively, they are also available in advance online via the club’s website.

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