Hammers play-off place confirmed

PUBLISHED: 11:27 13 September 2011

Lakeside Hammers face a play-off at Purfleet on Monday (TGS Photo)

Lakeside Hammers face a play-off at Purfleet on Monday (TGS Photo)

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Coventry loss at Eastbourne settles Elite League race

Lakeside Hammers were celebrating last night after reaching the Elite League play-offs.

Coventry’s 53-40 defeat at Eastbourne assured Hammers of fourth place with one meeting left to race against Kings Lynn.

Hammers have overcome season ending injuries to two of their star riders to battle through to the end of season deciders for the third time in the five-year reign of promoters Stuart Douglas and Jon Cook.

And they will race the first leg at home next Monday (September 19), with the second leg away seven days later.

Lakeside’s opponents will be either Poole Pirates or Eastbourne Eagle,s with table-topping Poole, who beat the Hammers to the title in 2008, making their final decision within the next 24 hours.

Speaking after last night’s favourable result from Arlington, Jon Cook said: “We’re absolutely delighted that a season’s hard work has seen us reach our goal and now we intend to be in it to win it.

“Fingers crossed, this is the first time we have reached this stage of the season with a full squad of riders to choose from, albeit with replacements for Adam Shields and Piotr Swiderski.

“In fact, as things stand, we actually have one too many riders and we will need to choose between Kauko Nieminen and Stuart Robson, which is a very nice dilemma to be in.

“Whoever we end up choosing we feel we can give it a real go and we can’t wait for Monday to come.”

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