New Hammer hopes to Bridge gap

PUBLISHED: 19:25 28 March 2013

Lewis Bridger is set to make his Lakeside Hammers debut against former club Eastbourne on Friday (Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Lewis Bridger is set to make his Lakeside Hammers debut against former club Eastbourne on Friday (Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Winter recruit prepares to face old club in opener

A lot has changed for Lewis Bridger over the winter months but the new Lakeside Hammers rider is hoping a fresh start will do him the world of good as they take on his former side Eastbourne Eagles in a Good Friday double header tomorrow.

The 23-year-old Bridger has swapped Arlington for Arena Essex and also become a dad in the off-season.

And the changes do not end there, as a complete overhaul of his equipment and a new mechanic sees Bridger refreshed and ready to go for his new club against the Eagles.

“It’s a completely fresh start for me and sometimes that it is what you need,” said Bridger.

“I have changed pretty much everything over the summer in terms of equipment and it may take a bit of getting used to, but I am hoping it pays off.

“It’s a massive change with a baby now as well and different after having lived with my nan and grandad for the last 21-22 years, but it’s a fresh start and I am confident it will go well.”

Bridger comes into Hammers line-up on an average of 6.11 from last season, but is targetting a near two-point improvement on that by the end of the campaign.

“I’d be very disappointed if I wasn’t on eight by the end of the season,” he added. “The team is good. Richard Lawson has come in recently for us and perhaps he is another that needed a change as well.

“But with the likes of Davey Watt and Peter Karlsson around, they are always available for advice which is great.” And Bridger would love nothing more than to start his spell at Lakeside with a double win over the Eagles.

“That’d be great, but I can see it being tight at Lakeside in the afternoon while at their place I think we’ll excel,” he added.

“Davey and PK are always good for 10 points and then you have myself and Kim, who is good round the short tracks, while Robert Mear isn’t afraid of anyone and will give his all.”

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