Hammers Play Off hopes go to the wire

The Lakeside Hammers complete their Elite League campaign this Friday, 14th September, at the Arena Essex Raceway when they face Play Off rivals, the Peterborough Panthers.

The race for a top four finish in the League table will go to the cut off date of 19th September and for the Hammers to be in contention they will need a win on Friday.

The Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook commented: “The last few weeks have been tough but the signs of a return to form are there and we know this is our last chance to qualify for the Play Offs. The Panthers will aim to wrap up their place in the top four with a win and we expect one of the meetings of the season; a great way to complete the League campaign.”

The Hammers field an unchanged side to the one that raced to the win over Coventry at their Arena Essex Raceway in front of the live Sky Sports cameras on Monday evening whilst Peterborough have named a team that includes their recent signing Ryan Sullivan, who last rode for them in 2008 having originally ridden for them back in 1994, their two Poles, Krzysztof Buczkowski and Norbert Kosciuch, Swedes Tomas H Jonasson and Linus Sundstrom, Dane Michael Jepsen Jensen plus Jason Bunyan, who also competes for Rye House in the Premier League.

The action gets underway at the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday with the Grand Parade of riders at 7.45pm with the first of the 15 heats due to start at 8pm. For those fans who can arrive earlier there will be the final Anglian Junior League match of the season for the Young Hammers who will face Rye House over four heats. That will start at 7pm.

Admission prices are: £17 for adults, £14 for Senior Citizens, Students and Disabled, £12 for Unemployed and 17 and 18 year olds and children aged 6 to 16 inclusive £3 with children under the age of six admitted free of charge provided they are accompanied by a paying adult. Proof of age or status may be requested.

All tickets may be purchased on the night but, alternatively, they are also available in advance online via the Club’s website at www.lakesidehammers.co

Picture: Peter Karlsson vs Coventry Bees,  Arena Essex Raceway- 10/09/12 –  CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO