PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 September 2011
Rob Newell c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions
Hammers have it all to do
Elite League Play-off
Semi-final, 2nd leg
Eastbourne Eagles v Lakeside Hammers
(Lakeside lead 47-46 from first leg)
Hammers will need to produce their best display of the season to clinch a place in the Elite League play-off final tonight.
They travel to Arlington for the second leg of their clash with rivals Eastbourne with only a one-point lead, following last Monday’s meeting at Purfleet.
Hammers looked to have given themselves every chance of progressing to a meeting with either Poole or Kings Lynn as they built a 10-point advantage on home shale.
But Eagles rallied in the second half of the meeting, thanks in part to a fine performance from Cameron Woodward, and had edged in front going into the last race of the night.
Lee Richardson held off Bjarne Pedersen to win heat 15 and Jonas Davidsson claimed the third-place point to ensure a 47-46 victory.
But Hammers will go to the Sussex coast this evening as outsiders and co-promoter Jon Cook said: “Eastbourne have it all to lose, but we are determined to rise to the occasion and give them an uncomfortable night.”
Stuart Robson retains his place in the Hammers line-up as their doubling-up rider, in favour of Kauko Nieminen, who finished third in the Premier League Riders Championship in Sheffield yesterday.
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