Wolves v Hammers Preview

Robert Meer Lakeside Hammers_Credit Anticlockwise Photography

Lakeside are gearing up for a huge showdown with Wolverhampton in their race for the Elite League play-offs on Monday (7.30).

The Vortex Hammers leapfrogged Wolves to move back into the all-important top four with a convincing 57-35 win over Coventry on Saturday night.

They will now aim to give their chances another major boost in a mouth-watering encounter at Monmore Green.

Wolves will be boosted by the return of World Champion Tai Woffinden – but Lakeside coach Kelvin Tatum is desperate to spoil his homecoming party.

Despite their recent struggles on the road, he says they are heading to the West Midlands high on confidence and optimistic of adding to their points tally.

Said Tatum: “Our away form hasn’t been as good as we would have liked, but everyone in the team is aware of how important these last few meetings are and I’d like to think they’ll raise their game accordingly.

“Wolves will be boosted by Tai Woffinden coming back, but we have to go there and believe we can challenge.

“We have several riders in excellent form at the moment, so I’d certainly like to think we can go there and push Wolves all the way.

Both sides will be at full strength, with Lakeside reserve Lewis Kerr shaking off the illness which caused him to pull out of Saturday’s meeting against Coventry.

Wolverhampton Wolves

Fredrik Lindgren, Peter Karlsson, Tai Woffinden, Jacob Thorssell, Sam Masters, Kyle Howarth, Max Clegg.

Vortex Hammers

Andreas Jonsson, Edward Kennett, Richard Lawson, Lewis Bridger, Kim Nilsson, Robert Mear, Lewis Kerr

imges: Robert Mear Credit: Anti-clockwise Photography