Hammers sweat on Swiderski
PUBLISHED: 08:27 05 August 2011
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Club hope Pole can face Coventry
Lakeside Hammers hope to include Piotr Swiderski in their line-up for the visit of Coventry tomorrow (Saturday).
The Purfleet club have been sweating on the fitness of Polish rider Swiderski all week, after he missed their last two meetings.
But the Elite League play-off hopefuls will delay the naming of their side until today (Friday) in a bid to give him as much time as possible to recover.
Russian ace Emil Sayfutdinov will make his first-ever appearance on Purfleet shale for Coventry, having joined the Midlands outfit this summer to lead a charge into contention for a top-four spot.
Hammers currently occupy fourth place after a 55-41 win over Peterborough and a loser’s point from a 47-43 defeat at Wolverhampton.
Four successive maximums left Panthers shellshocked, with Kim Nilsson’s paid 17 tally topping the home charts.
Lee Richardson (paid 13), Stuart Robson (paid 11) and Peter Ljung (paid 10) also reached double figures, while guest Joonas Kylmakorpi was paid for nine points from his five rides.
Robson was ruled out of Monday’s trip to Monmore Green after crashing on Premier League duty with Newcastle, but Wolves lost Freddie Lindgren in the opening race of the night.
Double-figure hauls from Richardson, guest Ben Barker, Ljung and Kauko Nieminen helped Hammers hold a two-point lead after heat 13, only for Tai Woffinden and Tyson Burmeister’s maximum to turn the meeting on its head and help the hosts claim victory.
Racing starts tomorrow at 8pm, with admission £16 adults, £10-12 concessions and £1 for 6-16 year-olds, with children under the age of six allowed free entry.
On top of that, to mark the return of Saturday speedway to the Purfleet track, all children will be given a free racecard that incorporates the scorechart and an autograph section plus a special Hammers pen to enable them to fill in the scores as the action takes place.
Hammers promoter Jon Cook explained: “We have operated our ‘Kids for a Quid’ Summer Holiday scheme successfully for several seasons now and it will continue for the following three Fridays during August.
“However, with this being such a special meeting and with the Saturday staging meaning fans can arrive that much easier and earlier we thought it was a great chance for the kids to get some autographs and then learn the pleasures of filling in a programme.”
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