Tatum praises Lakeside Hammers for Tunnel Trophy win

PUBLISHED: 09:47 22 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 27 April 2017

Lakeside Hammers Ben Morley (red) and George Hunter (blue) in action against Eastbourne (pic Rob Newell)

Lakeside Hammers Ben Morley (red) and George Hunter (blue) in action against Eastbourne (pic Rob Newell)

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Lakeside Hammers 47 Kent Kings 43

A view in the Lakeside Hammers pits (pic Jacob Ranson)A view in the Lakeside Hammers pits (pic Jacob Ranson)

Team manager Kelvin Tatum praised his team’s start to the season after they won the Tunnel Trophy tie.

The Vortex Hammers wrapped up a series of challenge matches with a triumphant win over the Kent Kings in the second leg at the Arena Essex raceway last night.

The Purfleet-based side winning 47 to 43 at home, to win the trophy 93 to 86 on aggregate, as well as putting them in good form with three wins out of four in their challenge matches ahead of the season.

He said: “Tonight was another good meeting for us and it certainly had everyone in the stadium on tenterhooks for its duration.

“Kent kept us very honest and kept us on our toes but the 4-2 in Heat 14 from Alfie Bowtell and Jamie Couzins was very timely indeed.

“It’s three wins out of four altogether and two out of two on home shale so we couldn’t ask for much more overall.

“These four challenge fixtures have been very useful for everyone involved with the club this year.”

Captain Ben Morley continued his super early season form, while club favourite Paul Hurry performed like he’s never been away, scoring double figures and recording two race wins on his first appearance in the claret and blue for seven years.

David Mason contributed four, solid second places while Alfie Bowtell and George Hunter both put in improved, encouraging displays.

Jamie Couzins again did his job at reserve while it was another night of learning for Nick Laurence.

“You always learn the true facts about individuals when they’re in a true racing scenario and a competitive environment,” Kelvin added.

“Everyone will learn with every ride and every meeting they do and that’s part of the excitement in this league.

“There are plenty of positives to take from these four meetings - now bring on the Heathens at Monmore Green at the start of next month.”

The Hammers kick-start their national league campaign away to Cradley at Wolves on Monday, May 1.

Hammers: Paul Hurry 11+1, Ben Morley 11+1, David Mason 8, Alfie Bowtell 6+3, George Hunter 6+2, Jamie Couzins 4, Nick Laurence 1+1

Kings: Luke Bowen 15, Ben Hopwood 10, Alex Spooner 7, Jack Thomas 4+2, Bradley Andrews 4+1, Nathan Stoneman 3, Luke Clifton 0

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