Busy week for Hammers


Ahead of Friday’s home fixture against the Belle Vue Aces (1oth July),  The Lakeside Vortex Hammers  face a busy week on the road, when they travel from one end of the country to the other, for two away fixtures.

First up, the Essex based team travel to Manchester to take on the Aces tonight (6th July), in front of the Sky Sports cameras from 7.30pm. With duo Kim Nilsson and Ashley Birks ruled out with a broken arm and collarbone/ shoulder injuries respectively, The Hammers have called on former Captain Davey Watt to replace Nilsson, whilst Poole Pirates EDR Paul Starke comes in for Birks.


Both riders will then be on the opposite side of the pits on Wednesday (8th), when the Hammers travel south to Wimborne Road,  home of reigning Elite League Champions the Poole Pirates.  The Hammers have called on former Pirate and new King’s Lynn signing, Vaclav Milik to cover for Nilsson, whilst Carl Wilkinson comes in for Birks.  With Hammer star Mikkel Bech on Danish League duty that evening, the Hammers have drafted in another former Pirate,  Kyle Howarth.

Teams for Aces V Hammers

Belle Vue Rentruck Aces

Matej Zagar; Max Fricke; Craig Cook; Josh Grajczonek; Scott Nicholls (C); Steve Worrall; Stefan Nielsen; Team Manager: Mark Lemon

Lakeside Vortex Hammers

Andreas Jonsson (C); Mikkel Bech; Edward Kennett; Richard Lawson; Davey Watt (G); Adam Ellis; Paul Starke (G)  Team Manager: Neil Vatcher

Teams for Pirates V Hammers

Poole Readypower Pirates

(from) Kacper Gomolski, Chris Holder, Maciej Janowski (capt), Dakota North, Dave Watt, Kyle Newman, Paul Starke; Team manager: Neil Middleditch

Lakeside Vortex Hammers

(from) Kyle Howarth (guest), Andreas Jonsson (capt), Edward Kennett, Richard Lawson, Vaclav Milik (guest), Adam Ellis, Carl Wilkinson (guest) Team Manager:  Neil Vatcher

Images: Main image: Adam Ellis.  Davey Watt & Piotr Swideski – Lakeside Hammers V Leicester Lions. Credit: Rob Newell / TGS Photo.