Hammers boss on the lookout as injury woes increase
PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 August 2013
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Lakeside Hammers are sweating on the fitness of Piotr Swiderski for the rest of their season after the Polish rider was one of several Hammers to pick up injuries at King’s Lynn on Wednesday night.
Hammers may well have got a Elite League point after a 48-42 defeat at the Norfolk Arena, but number one Peter Karlsson suffered a season ending broken vetebra.
In addition to that, skipper Davey Watt was severely winded in a heat four spill to add to Swiderski’s possible neck break suffered in the same heat as Karlsson’s injury, while reserve Kevin Doolan also broke a rib in an eventful night.
Co-promoter Jon Cook has booked Chris Harris to fill the void left by Karlsson for their next two meetings at Poole Pirates on Monday and back at King’s Lynn on Wednesday.
But following the closure of the transfer window on Wednesday the Hammers are left with little option, but to use rider replacement and guests.
Cook was able to bring in Tyson Nelson, originally signed a month ago, in place of Doolan at reserve before the transfer deadline, and will await Swiderski’s test results after the rider flew back to Poland yesterday (Thursday).
But the unfortunate circumstances they have found themselves in has just made Cook all the more hungry to reach the play-offs.
“Considering all which happened at King’s Lynn, to come away with a point is true testament to the boys,” said Cook.
“But it has come at a cost with PK’s injury, while three others had spells on the treatment table.
“Piotr has flown back to Poland, but the signs look like he may have fractured his neck and Davey is feeling badly winded.
“This is a pretty normal end to the season for us, but we have got to make sure this season doesn’t just fall apart.
“The way the team performed at King’s Lynn deserves great credit and bodes well for the return visit next Wednesday.
“I firmly believe this side can make the play-offs and not just compete in them, but win it as well.”
Cook hailed the effort of Wednesday, in particular reserve Richard Lawson who kept Hammers in with a shout of a point with a heat 14 victory.
And the Hammers chief believes he has been one good thing to come out of the season, adding: “We all know Richard is capable of making a gate and winning races and he has done that at King’s Lynn and at home against Poole last Friday.
“Hopefully he can carry that on. He fits in fantastically and he has definitely been one bright point of the season.”
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