Lakeside will look to bounce back to the top of the Elite League table as they host Belle Vue at the Arena-Essex Raceway on Wednesday (First Race 7.30pm).
The Vortex Hammers will be back on home shale for the first time since defeating star-studded Poole in a thrilling encounter almost a month ago. The Purfleet outfit suffered a disappointing defeat away at Wolverhampton in their last outing before the West Midlands outfit leapfrogged them to move top of the standings on Monday.
However, the Hammers will nonetheless have a chance to reclaim the top spot as they take on the highly-rated Aces in a mouth-watering clash in front of the Sky TV cameras.
It promises to be an exciting encounter between two strong sides as the Hammers look to maintain their perfect home record – and promoter Jon Cook knows they will need to be on top form to get back to winning ways.
Cook said: “Our last away meeting against the impressive Wolves was a lost opportunity for at least a point. On Wednesday we can afford no passengers against a well-balanced team who are the league favourites in many people’s eyes. The Belle Vue team is almost the same as the one that came close to winning the league last year, but we intend to put one over on them and come away with three points.”
Both sides will be at full strength, with the Aces featuring Grand Prix star Matej Zagar alongside British stars Scott Nicholls and Craig Cook.
Lakeside Hammers: Andreas Jonsson, Piotr Swiderski, Lewis Bridger, Richard Lawson, Kim Nilsson, Robert Mear, Lewis Kerr.
Belle Vue Aces: Matej Zagar, Max Fricke, Scott Nicholls, Richie Worrall, Craig Cook, Joe Jacobs, Steve Worrall.
- Adults: £18
- Concessions: £15 * (concessions cover Male OAP’s 65 and over, female OAP’s 65 and over, Disabled, Unemployed and Students over 18)
- 17 and 18 year olds in full education: £5 *
- 7 to 16 year olds inclusive: £2
- 6 year olds and under: Free
(*proof of entitlement may be requested.)