Tatum looking for Lakeside Hammers response
PUBLISHED: 09:30 11 May 2017
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Isle of Wight trip comes after heavy Belle Vue beating
Lakeside Hammers boss Kelvin Tatum is looking for an instant response from his side as they travel to the Isle of Wight on Thursday (7pm).
The Vortex Hammers have experienced a bright start to the season, but were well beaten at Belle Vue on Wednesday.
Yet Tatum has urged them to come back stronger and quickly get back to winning ways at Smallbrook, saying: “In some ways it’s ideal to have another meeting straight away after the tough night at Belle Vue.
“We’ve got a chance to put that one behind us and get back on track at the Isle of Wight, and I certainly think we’re capable of doing that.
“We’ll be looking to come back with something and put in a good performance, so hopefully it turns out to be an improved evening.”
The Hammers will be at full strength as they head to the island, with David Mason set to return from his head injury in the engine room of the side.
Meanwhile, the Warriors will utilise rider replacement to cover for the injured Tyler Govier at number two, whilst Liam Carr has been booked to guest at number five after Nathan Greaves left the club to join Ipswich.
Tatum admitted his men were simply beaten by a better team after going down 60-30 at Belle Vue.
An impressive display from Zach Wajtknecht was not enough to prevent the Vortex Hammers from suffering a heavy defeat at the National Speedway Stadium.
The visitors managed just four race wins and ran 14 last places against the table-topping Colts.
Ben Morley and George Hunter delivered a race win apiece whilst Alfie Bowtell was in the thick of the action throughout.
But reserve duo Nick Laurence and Jamie Couzins struggled to make an impact against the powerhouse Colts.
Tatum added: “It was always going to be a tough meeting, and so it proved unfortunately.
“They’re a strong side who are all dialled in around there, and they just had too much for us in the end.
“They were a better team, although we never threw in the towel and we kept battling until the end which was encouraging.”
Scorers, Colts: Dan Bewley 14, Kyle Bickley 11+2, Lee Payne 10, Rob Shuttleworth 8, Jack Smith 7+3, Luke Woodhull 5+2, Andy Mellish 5+1.
Hammers: Zach Wajtknecht 14, George Hunter 6, Alfie Bowtell 5, Ben Morley 4, Jamie Couzins 1, Nick Laurence 0, David Mason R/R.
Thursday teams, Isle of Wight: Ben Wilson, Tyler Govier R/R, James Cockle, Chris Widman, Liam Carr, Jamie Sealey, Alex Spooner, Jamie Bursill (No.8).
Hammers: Ben Morley, George Hunter, David Mason, Alfie Bowtell, Zach Wajtknecht, Jamie Couzins, Nick Laurence.