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Hammers play-off hopes tested by Eagles

PUBLISHED: 10:20 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:20 08 August 2013

Bjarne Pedersen (yellow) and Peter Karlsson (red) in action in the first clash between Lakeside and Eastbourne, where the Hammers came out 49-40 winners. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Bjarne Pedersen (yellow) and Peter Karlsson (red) in action in the first clash between Lakeside and Eastbourne, where the Hammers came out 49-40 winners. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

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Elite League preview: Lakeside Hammers v Eastbourne Eagles

Rivals Eastbourne Eagles stand in the way of the Lakeside Hammers push for the play-offs as they come face to face twice in matter of days.

First up is the fixture at Arena Essex Raceway tomorrow, followed by the return meeting at Arlington on Saturday and though the Eagles have no chance of making the play-offs, the fixtures are always keenly contested.

But they have boosted their side in recent weeks with the addition of Dane Mikkel Michelsen, who has taken the Elite League by storm, while the Eagles also include Hammers asset Kim Nilsson in their team.

Lakeside make a change to their riding order for tomorrow’s encounter with Sebastian Ulamek and Lewis Bridger swapping numbers, as the Pole has to make a quick getaway from the Purfleet track to take part in the European Championship finals in Russia the following day.

That means he will miss the return meeting, while the Eagles will be without Michelsen and skipper Cameron Woodward at Arlington.

Michelsen rides at Berwick in the second round of the World under-21 finals while Woodward is set to compete in a round of the World Longtrack GP.

Eastbourne will be without the injured Lukas Dryml on Friday with the Rider Replacement facility covering his rides.

Action at the Raceway tomorrow begins at 7.45pm, 15 minutes earlier than usual.

Lakeside Hammers (in alphabetical order): Lewis Bridger, Kevin Doolan, Peter Karlsson, Richard Lawson, Piotr Swiderski, Sebastian Ulamek, Davey Watt.

Eastbourne Eagles: Lukas Dryml (Rider Replacement), Simon Gustafsson, Timo Lahti , Mikkel Michelsen, Kim Nilsson, Bjarne Pedersen, Cameron Woodward.


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