Davidsson confident ahead of clash

LAKESIDE Hammers star of the play-off final first leg, Jonas Davidsson, believes the tie is far from beyond his team and with a little help from the Lakeside Supporters Monday could just be the greatest night in the Club's history.

LAKESIDE Hammers star of the play-off final first leg, Jonas Davidsson, believes the tie is far from beyond his team and with a little help from the Lakeside Supporters Monday could just be the greatest night in the Club's history.

JD stated: "We, as a team, know we owe it to the fans to give our all on Monday and if they can help by creating the sort of atmosphere we experienced for the Swindon match last month and the semi last year against the Robins, a meeting I watched from the sidelines, then with the crowd behind us and a good start in the early heats anything is possible."

Davidsson continued: "We had a good team meeting in the changing rooms at the end of the night and we feel Jon's change to the riding order gives us the best opportunity to gain the heat advantages we need."

The Hammers will change the team order to reunite Davidsson with Captain Adam Shields to create what they hope will be a sledgehammer pairing to take those needed advantages and move Kauko Nieminen to a holding role at number 5.


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Team Manager Jon Cook explains this change by commenting: "We have to try something major to give ourselves a chance and by bringing Adam and JD back together along with the Lee Richardson/Joonas Kylmakorpi pairing we feel that with 6 rides combined they should be able to score advantages in the majority of those races, such has been the success of those pairings at home this season. The most important role falls to Kakke (Nieminen) who has been superb of late at home and who I know is desperate to make up for a night to forget on Monday. He has been told to make sure that his heats are at the very worst shared, something I think he can do, and with Stuart Robson at reserve, giving every rider, JD excepted, a lesson in just what kind of guts and determination is required for a meeting of this magnitude then we are ready to throw the kitchen sink at Wolves in our efforts to make the Final".

Wolverhampton fans will be out in force with coach trips arranged from the Black Country and with the Hammers having experienced large crowds over the summer season the meeting promises to be a great spectacle for the Elite League.

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Further great news for fans attending next Monday's fixture at the Arena-Essex Raceway is that a giant screen will relay pictures of the other semi final meeting direct to the Raceway and it's also hoped highlights of the crucial relegation meeting at Belle Vue will be shown.

Normal admission prices apply and Hammers Season Ticket holders will be admitted as per normal League events.

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