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Speedway: Lakeside Hammers promote Ben Morley in place of injured Robert Mear

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 August 2016

Robert Mear of Lakeside Hammers has been ruled out for the season (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Robert Mear of Lakeside Hammers has been ruled out for the season (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Hammers place youngster in starting line-up for remainder of season

Lakeside Hammers have moved squad member Ben Morley into their starting line-up for the remainder of the season.

Morley, 22, comes into the Hammers side as a replacement for Robert Mear after he suffered a fractured shoulder blade in a grasstrack crash at the weekend.

The popular youngster has made just one appearance for Lakeside this season, but has put in some encouraging performances for Premier League side Rye House.

Morley has developed a liking for the Arena Essex Raceway circuit in the past — and co-promoter Jon Cook hopes he can make the most of his top flight opportunity in the closing weeks of the season.

“Ben is hugely popular at the raceway, and he rides the track particularly well as we’ve seen in the past,” said Cook.

“He’s been a member of a squad, but only featured once, so we’re pleased to be able to give him an opportunity over rest of the season.

“Obviously we wish Robert a speedy recovery, and in the meantime we hope Ben can step in and do a good job for us at reserve.”

Morley and the Hammers are facing crunch time in their bid for a play-off place with Friday’s heavy defeat at Coventry placing mounting pressure on their home clashes against King’s Lynn this week.

Lakeside will head to King’s Lynn for a crucial encounter on Thursday (7.30pm) before hosting the Stars at the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday (8pm).

“All the boys did the best they could, so full credit to them for their efforts,” commented Hammers stand-in boss Paul Hurry.

”A couple of them had some problems and struggled a little bit, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

“Coventry are full of confidence at home, they are on the crest of a wave and they got the job done.

“It puts a bit more pressure on the King’s Lynn meetings next week, and we’ll be hoping the boys pull their fingers out.”

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