Lakeside Hammers look forward to Wolves visit
PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 May 2016
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Elite League's top two meet at Purfleet
Lakeside Hammers are gearing up for a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash as they host high-flying Wolverhampton in the Elite League at the Arena-Essex Raceway tomorrow (Wednesday, 7.30pm).
The Vortex Hammers have been in dominant form on home shale, but are anticipating a major challenge as they welcome a Wolves side who have themselves enjoyed an impressive start to the season.
The Purfleet outfit head into the meeting with a slender one-point advantage over the Monmore Green side at the top of the standings.
The Hammers will be at full strength, with Edward Kennett retaining his place in the side ahead of Piotr Swiderski.
Kennett knows they will need to be at the top of their game to come out on top in front of the Sky TV cameras, but he has called on them to repeat their convincing display against Leicester (a 66-26 win) last week in their bid to earn three more points.
“It’s been a good start to the season and there is a good team spirit within the side,” said Kennett.
“We’re looking very strong at home and if we can just pick up a few more points away then we’ll be in a good position to make the top four.
“We’ve got a tough one coming up against Wolverhampton. I think it’ll be difficult, because they have a lot of good riders.
“They are in good form and could cause some problems around Lakeside, but if we ride like we did against Leicester then I think we can beat anyone.”
Lewis Bridger will drop to reserve for the Hammers with Lewis Kerr moving into the number four spot.
Meanwhile, Wolverhampton are led by former Grand Prix star Fredrik Lindgren and also feature former Lakeside favourite Mikkel Bech.
The main meeting will be preceded by three heats of junior racing, starting at 7pm.
Hammers: Andreas Jonsson, Edward Kennett, Richard Lawson, Lewis Kerr, Kim Nilsson, Lewis Bridger, Robert Mear.
Wolves: Fredrik Lindgren, Mikkel Bech, Sam Masters, Jacob Thorssell, Joonas Kylmakorpi, Kyle Howarth, Max Clegg.