PUBLISHED: 17:31 18 June 2012
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Hammers look for home help
Elite League, Monday (7.30pm)
Lakeside Hammers v Swindon Robins
Hammers will look to close the gap on leaders Poole as they return to action in front of the Sky TV cameras at Purfleet tonight.
Last Thursday’s trip to Birmingham fell victim to the weather, but Hammers are hopeful of getting a full meeting in with a dry evening forecast.
Kauko Nieminen and Richie Worrall come into the side as doubling-up riders, while Davey Watt will spearhead the home challenge after his success at the Grand Prix qualifier at a wet Berwick on Saturday.
Australian Watt scored 10 points from his five rides, but was edged out of the final race of the night.
Watt raced to a full maximum when Swindon last visited Essex, but Robins boss Alun Rossiter is looking for an improvement from his men.
Both sides are chasing a play-off place and the Hammers won 50-40 in the previous meeting last month, which began with emotional tributes to the late Lee Richardson.
Rossiter said: “I do believe this meeting will be a better reflection of us compared to last month which was such a difficult night given the circumstances.
“It will still be a tough one because Lakeside aren’t in the position they’re in for no reason.”
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