Bridger fears dangerous guest Lahti as Hammers host Poole
PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:07 23 August 2013
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Elite League preview: Lakeside Hammers v Poole Pirates, 8pm.
While many would say Grand Prix duo Darcy Ward and Greg Hancock are the ones to watch tonight (Friday) when Lakeside Hammers host Poole Pirates in a must-win match, Lewis Bridger actually fears guest Timo Lahti the most.
The Pirates have booked Lahti, who lit up Purfleet with 16 points for his Eastbourne side, as a guest for Thomas H Jonasson.
And Bridger is wary that if they let the Finn pile on the points early on then a difficult night will be in store for the Hammers.
He said: “We’ll have to do something to stop Timo at reserve.
“He scored 16 points here the other week and if we let him have a good start to the meeting he will have seven rides and it will make life very difficult for us.
“They’ve booked good guests but we have a few tricks up our sleeves as well so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Tonight’s fixture represents the final home meeting of the regular season and the 23-year-old believes their play-off hopes hinge on it.
“If we don’t get a win then that will more than likely be it for us,” he added.
“We have four away meetings left but they are tough, especially a return trip to Poole.
“If we can get the win against Poole that will give us some confidence to take into the away meetings.
“We’ve pulled off some good results at the likes of Poole and you never know, but if don’t get the win our season is pretty much over.”
And the one thing that Bridger believes has let the Hammers down this season is that the whole team haven’t performed at the same time.
“We have the experience in Peter Karlsson and Davey Watt and if we do get to the play-offs you never know, it’s all on the night,” he said.
“But almost everyone has had a bad patch at some point in the season and when one rider has done well, others haven’t. Inconsistency would be the reason why if we don’t make the play-offs.”
After tonight’s clash, Hammers make the trip to King’s Lynn Stars on Wednesday and have further meetings at Poole (September 2), King’s Lynn (Sept 4) and Swindon (Sept 9).
Teams, Hammers: Karlsson, Swiderski, Bridger, Watt, Doolan, Lawson.
Pirates: Ward, Hancock, Dyer, Janowski, Lahti, Howarth.
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