Lakeside Hammers to give Elite League leaders 'a push'
PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 August 2016
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Elite League leaders Belle Vue are expecting a stern test from third-placed Lakeside at the National Speedway Stadium tonight.
The Aces went into the World Cup break with back-to-back away wins to take over at the top, with the Hammers themselves needing wins on the road to consolidate their position.
The home side bring in British Champion Danny King to guest for Max Fricke, who is out with shoulder damage after a crash when representing Australia in the Race-Off last Friday.
Team boss Mark Lemon said: “At this point we don’t have a definitive answer as to when Max will be back after his crash at the weekend, but in the meantime we’ll be bringing in Danny to deputise at number three.
“He’s a good guy who seems to have taken a real liking to this track, and I feel he was the ideal replacement. When I looked at the averages I couldn’t see anyone else who would fit the gig.
“I expect Lakeside to do nothing but push us. They’ll be wanting to bolster their Elite League ranking with points in the same respect we do, and we all know they’ve travelled well this year.”
Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum added: “We need to try our very best because points on the road will be key. We’ve been saying that all season long, but it hasn’t changed.
“Every meeting away from home is an opportunity, and we’ll be going to Belle Vue looking to take the opportunity.”
Meanwhile Poole stage the first of two matches in two days with second-placed Wolverhampton at Wimborne Road, with Pirates legend Darcy Ward also in attendance.
After the meeting, Ward and partner Lizzie will hold a Q&A session with supporters in the main grandstand.
Pirates promoter Matt Ford said: “It is going to be a tough meeting as Wolves are performing very well this season.
“We were the first club to beat them when they visited us back in May and we must go out and do the same this time around. They made life difficult last time and I see no reason why they won’t be pushing us throughout again.”
Wolves skipper Fredrik Lindgren added: “When you go to Poole you know you are always going to be in for a tough meeting, so we’ll have to be on the top of our game.
“Obviously we are getting closer to the play-offs, and we want to make sure we get there and are in good form as well.
“It’s going to be an important away meeting for us to try and get some more points, and then we have to focus on keeping our good home run going against Belle Vue on Monday.”