Pirates in town


The Vortex Lakeside Hammers return to action at The Raceway tomorrow night, when they take on the reigning Elite League Champions, the Poole Pirates.  After two successive home defeats, the Hammers will be looking to get their season heading back in the right direction.  Rory Schlein comes for injured Hammers number 1 Andreas Jonsson, whilst at reserve Steve Boxall is expecting to be fit after his recent layoff with shoulder trouble.

The Pirates, who include former Hammers captain Davey Watt and GP Star Chris Holder in their team,  have similar injury concerns of their own.  With Maciej Janowski ruled out with broken bones in his knee, the Pirates have turned to former Hammer Peter Karlsson as a guest replacement, whilst at reserve, the high scoring Lewis Blackbird comes in for Kyle Newman, who is out with an elbow injury.  Kacper Gomolski faces a late fitness test, after crashing in the Pirates home victory over Wolverhampton last night.

The pre-meeting parade is at 7.45pm, with the first race scheduled for 8pm.  Tickets are available at the gate, or via the online ticket store, which can be accessed via the homepage.

The meeting will also focus on the Hammers Community Programmes Charity of the year, The Little Havens Hospice.


Vortex Lakeside Hammers (from):

Rory Schlein,  Mikkel Bech, Adam Ellis, Edward Kennett, Richard Lawson, Kim Nilsson, Steve Boxall

Poole Pirates (from):

Peter Karlsson, Davey Watt, Chris Holder, Dakota North, Lewis Blackbird,  Kacper Gomolski, Paul Starke

Image: Richard Lawson of Lakeside Hammers – Lakeside Hammers vs Coventry Bees. CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO