Hammers lift hopes with thrashing

PUBLISHED: 12:25 22 August 2011

Rob Mear of Lakeside celebrates a heat win (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Rob Mear of Lakeside celebrates a heat win (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Panthers put to the sword

Lakeside Hammers gave their Elite League play-off hopes a massive lift with a crushing win over rivals Peterborough.

Lee Richardson raced to a five-ride maximum in the 66-26 success at Purfleet, as Hammers climbed to second place in the table.

Fellow play-off hopefuls Coventry, meanwhile, suffered a home defeat against Belle Vue to give Hammers an extra boost.

Co-promoter Jon Cook said: “Friday was a very good day for us as results were in our favour and the performance of the team showed how determined we are to end the season with success.

“We can now reach a total of 46 league points with a win next week against the form side of the Elite League, Birmingham, and that’s our aim.

“We will then have to sit back and see if we can be caught but we did ourselves a huge favour, race points wise, with the win by 40 points over Peterborough and with our four own riders showing great form we are confident we can hold our own against anyone once we return to full strength.”

Young reserve Robert Mear chalked up three wins in his first five unbeaten rides before getting a rare heat 15 outing.

Kauko Nieminen claimed a paid 13 tally on his return to the side, while guests Ty Proctor (paid 10) and Nicolai Klindt (paid 12) also impressed against the toothless Panthers.

Hammers have announced they will bring Jonas Davidsson back into their line-up next month, along with another unnamed rider, to cover the absence of long-term injury victims Adam Shields (knee) and Piotr Swiderski (broken leg), as the race for play-off and cup glory hots up.

In the meantime, Poole’s Davey Watt will guest for Shields for next Friday’s clash with Birmingham.

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