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PUBLISHED: 16:45 21 June 2012

Lakeside's Robert Mear (blue) and Richie Worrall (red) battle for honours with Swindon's Jason Doyle (Rob Newell/TGS)

Lakeside's Robert Mear (blue) and Richie Worrall (red) battle for honours with Swindon's Jason Doyle (Rob Newell/TGS)

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Big home test for Hammers

Lakeside Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook has stressed the vital importance of their home clash with King’s Lynn tomorrow (Friday).

The Hammers were beaten 53-36 by Swindon at Purfleet on Monday and now face a Stars side who picked up points on the road in two away matches last week before a 51-40 home win over Belle Vue on Wednesday.

But Cook said: “Monday has gone now, and we are lucky that we have a chance to get back on track so quickly to put it behind us.

“To be racing on our normal race night for the first time in a month should be to our advantage as the crowd always creates a great Friday atmosphere and this week is going to be absolutely crucial to pick up the win and stay at the right end of the League table.”

Hammers have been racing with only six riders since the shock death of captain Lee Richardson in Poland last month.

Cook has been exploring options for the team, which has now lost its last three meetings.

He added: “Things are tough for the club of course, but no riders were making any excuses.

“We all know that the romantic idea that we can go on and win the league will only happen with a great deal of hard work from all, and a reinforcement of the squad on which we are working in a very difficult rider market.”

The only change in the Hammers line-up for tomorrow’s match is at reserve where Justin Sedgmen comes in for Richie Worrall who has to ride for his Premier League side, Newcastle the same evening.

Sedgmen was at Purfleet on Monday supporting his colleagues.

King’s Lynn are led by Neils Kristian Iversen, who is paired with his fellow Dane Mads Korneliussen.

The Stars also include in their top five the current World Under-21 Champion Maciej Janowski, recently crowned Swedish Champion Daniel Nermark and 39 year old Joe Screen, who is a former World Under-21 Champion but deemed somewhat of a veteran at this stage of his career.

At reserve the visitors will field Polish rider Mateusz Szczepaniak and Kevin Wolbert from Germany.

The first race is at 8pm and admission prices are £17 adults, £14 Senior Citizens, Students and Disabled, £12 Unemployed and 17-18 year olds and £3 children aged 6-16, with those under six admitted free of charge provided they are accompanied by a paying adult.

Proof of age or status may be requested.

All tickets may be purchased on the night but, alternatively, tickets are also available online via the club’s website.

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