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Speedway: Hammers book play-off spot on Rye House debut

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 September 2018

Lakeside Hammers Nick Morris poses for the camera (Pic: Phil Ranson)

Lakeside Hammers Nick Morris poses for the camera (Pic: Phil Ranson)

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Lakeside Hammers booked their place in the Championship play-offs on their first night at their new Rye House home on Saturday.

After an emotional final outing at Arena Essex Raceway on Friday evening, and victory over Glasgow, the Hammers claimed three league points from one win and one loss in a double-header against Newcastle and Peterborough.

After beating Newcastle 48-42 in the first fixture, the Hammers knew they had taken a big step towards a top four finish.

And when the news came through that Berwick had failed to claim all four points despite victory at Ipswich, the Hammers were certain of their play-off spot before a wheel had been turned in the second meeting.

Despite Nick Morris roaring to a stunning 18-point maximum, it wasn’t enough for the Hammers who fell to a 50-40 defeat at the hands of the league leaders Peterborough.

But Lakeside team manager Will Pottinger was just ‘relieved’ to see his side cement their place in the end-of-season shootout alongside Peterborough, Glasgow and Workington.

“Changing your home track so late on in a season is far from ideal, so for the riders to come up with the goods in the first meeting and book our place in the play-offs was a huge relief,” Pottinger said.

“We know one win would be vitally important and that’s how it proved.

“I thought all the lads settled in well as a team for the first meeting against Newcastle and overall there were plenty of encouraging signs to take forward for the remainder of the year.

“Yes we were of course disappointed to lose the Peterborough meeting, but they came into it fresh whereas we had already done 15 races and had Adam (Ellis) soldiering on with a shoulder problem and of course we were already without Kyle (Newman).

“But all that matters right now is that we’ve made sure we’re in those play-offs and I think that’s the least we deserve.”

Hammers: Richard Lawson 13, Nick Morris 10+1, Adam Ellis 10, Ben Morley 8+2, Alfie Bowtell 5+1, Jack Thomas 2+1, Kyle Newman R/R.

Newcastle: Ludvig Lindgren 10+1, Tero Aarnio 10+1, Ashley Morris 8+2, Matthew Wethers 7+2, Stuart Robson 6, Carl Wilkinson 1+1, Matej Kus R/R.

Hammers: Nick Morris 18, Richard Lawson 7+3, Matthew Wethers 7, Adam Ellis 4, Alfie Bowtell 2+1, Ben Morley 2, Kyle Newman R/R.

Peterborough: Bradley Wilson-Dean 10+1, Emil Grondal 10+1, Ben Barker 8+2, James Sarjeant 7+2, Michael Palm Toft 7+2, Carl Wilkinson 6, Ulrich Ostergaard 2.

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