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Cook targets maximum points for Hammers against league leaders Birmingham

PUBLISHED: 18:00 01 August 2013

Chris Harris (white) and Lewis Bridger (red) in action in the Hammers 48-42 win in the previous fixture this season at the Arena Essx Raceway. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Chris Harris (white) and Lewis Bridger (red) in action in the Hammers 48-42 win in the previous fixture this season at the Arena Essx Raceway. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

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Elite League preview: Lakeside Hammers v Birmingham Brummies

Lakeside Hammers co promoter Jon Cook knows three Elite League points against table toppers Birmingham Brummies tomorrow night (Friday) is a must if they are to keep their play-off hopes alive.

The Hammers just about picked up the three points a week ago as they held off a late King’s Lynn Stars charge 50-43, but Cook believes they’ll have to be firing on all cylinders to ensure another three points against a Brummies side that included Danish wonderkid Mikkel Bech.

The 18-year-old rose to prominence when he starred in Denmark’s World Cup win in 2012, and deputises for Josh Auty, who will be riding for Premier League Scunthorpe.

“We will need to be at the top of our game as we must secure three more Elite League points in the race to stay in the top four,” said Cook.

“The addition of Bech certainly strengthens the opposition and also provides our fans with the attraction of seeing one of the World’s most talked about riders.”

Birmingham number one Chris Harris picked up a broken collarbone in Monday’s loss at Eastbourne and Brummies boss Phil Morris had called upon track specialist Eddie Kennett to fill the void.

In a much-changed visiting line-up, the rider replacement facility covers for Aussie Jason Doyle, who is also in Premier League action with Somerset.

As well as Auty, they’ll also be without fellow reserve Nicolas Covatti, who is a wild card in the Italian Grand Prix tomorrow (Saturday), with Adam Roynon filling in.

Hammers’ new signing Tyson Nelson broke his hand riding for Australia against Team GB last Thursday at Ipswich, with Kevin Doolan, who had been axed for his compatriot, being re-instated.

Hammers: Peter Karlsson. Lewis Bridger, Seb Ulamek, Piotr Swiderski, Davey Watt, Kevin Doolan, Richard Lawson,

Brummies: Eddie Kennett, Rider Replacement for Jason Doyle, Danny King, Ben Barker, Martin Smolinski, Mikkel Bech, Adam Roynon.


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