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Hammers keep faith for Pirates test

PUBLISHED: 12:09 01 October 2012

Kauko Nieminen (white) and Rob Mear (blue) in action at the Lee Richardson Memorial meeting (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Kauko Nieminen (white) and Rob Mear (blue) in action at the Lee Richardson Memorial meeting (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Elite League play-off hopes on the line

Lakeside Hammers head to Dorset seeking to overturn a four-point deficit in their Elite League play-off semi-final with Poole tonight.

And they will do so with a team made up entirely of their own riders.

With rider of the year Peter Karlsson now elevated to No.1 in the averages, the Purfleet club could have used a guest for absentees Davey Watt and Jonas Davidsson.

But they will field assets and doubling-up riders Kauko Nieminen and Stuart Robson, as they did when they visited Poole in May and lost by just two points, just three days after the tragic death of Lee Richardson.

Co-promoter Jon Cook said: “All things considered, we felt this was the best way to go.

“After the season we have had there is a tremendous togetherness at the club and the riders deserve the chance to have this one last go at Poole as a team, rather than with a hird hand in who has not shared those emotions over the last few months.

“I don’t doubt for one minute that our guests have given of their best, but it’s not the same as using those that have been with us on this journey.

“And for Robbo in particular it’s an important night as he was gutted to miss Lee’s meeting with a late change to Newcastle’s fixtures.

“If the two full seasons double-up limit stays in place this could also be his last meeting as a Hammer.”

New signing Adam Ellis, 16, has been named as number eight for tonight’s meeting and will gain useful experience in the pits.

Poole promoter Matt Ford, meanwhile, is urging people of the town to turn out in force as the Pirates look to secure a place in the Grand Final.

Ford’s side won the first leg 47-43 at Purfleet last week and the Wimborne Road chief says there is plenty more to celebrate due to the achievements of Poole team members.

Ford said: “These are golden times at Poole Speedway that we may never encounter again with Pirates pushing for an Elite League and Cup double and our captain Chris Holder leading the World Championship with one round remaining.

“Regular fans at Wimborne Road know what Chris has done for this club and I really hope that we have a turnout more synonymous with the successful homecomings we have witnessed in recent years.

“And of course we have that too on Monday as we celebrate KK’s (Krzysztof Kasprzak) return to the GP series for next year after winning Saturday’s GP Challenge.”

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