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Lakeside Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum calls for Elite League response at Poole Pirates

PUBLISHED: 15:30 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:37 12 July 2016

Lakeside Hammers Richard Lawson (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Lakeside Hammers Richard Lawson (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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After disappointed defeat at Purfleet last week, Tatum eager for squad to bounce back at Wimborne Road

Lakeside Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum has called on his side to issue a strong response when they take on Poole at Wimborne Road tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Vortex Hammers slumped to a shock home defeat against the Pirates at the Arena-Essex Raceway last time out.

But Tatum is keen to see them bounce back, although he knows they will face a stern test against a powerhouse Poole side who have been in fine form on home shale.

However, the Lakeside coach hopes they will put their recent Purfleet disappointment behind them to add to their Elite League points tally.

Tatum said: “We were obviously bitterly disappointed with the result at home last week. Although Poole will be very strong and red-hot favourites, I’d like to think we’ll see a reaction.

“For the majority of the meeting we competed quite well on our first visit to Wimborne Road, so we’ll go there with clear minds and if we could come away with something that would be fantastic.”

Poole are led by 2012 World Champion Chris Holder and former Grand Prix star Hans Andersen. Whilst experienced Danish ace Bjarne Pedersen lines up at reserve.

They have drafted in Charles Wright and Paul Starke to guest for Adam Ellis and Kyle Newman respectively. Meanwhile, the Vortex Hammers will travel to Dorset at full strength.

Poole: Chris Holder, Charles Wright, Krzysztof Buczkowski, Brady Kurtz, Hans Andersen, Bjarne Pedersen, Paul Starke.

Lakeside: Andreas Jonsson, Lewis Bridger, Richard Lawson, Edward Kennett, Kim Nilsson, Robert Mear, Lewis Kerr.

Meanwhile Hammers skipper Jonsson will lead Sweden in their bid to retain the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup later this month.

Jonsson, who was part of the side who raced to a shock victory in the showpiece event last year, has been named as captain ahead of Event Two at Vastervik on Tuesday July 26.

He is joined by British Grand Prix winner Antonio Lindback, Wolves ace Fredrik Lindgren and former Lakeside man Peter Ljung.

They will take on Australia, Germany and the USA as they battle to earn a place in the World Cup Final at Belle Vue’s new National Speedway Stadium on Saturday July 30.


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