Emergency date for Hammers and Bees

LAKESIDE Hammers have a big date with Coventry Bees on Monday, at 7.30pm at the Arena-Essex Raceway.The match, which is going to be shown live on Sky Sports, is expected to be in front of a large crowd at the Essex track due to two special initiatives being arranged by the Hammers promotion.

LAKESIDE Hammers have a big date with Coventry Bees on Monday, at 7.30pm at the Arena-Essex Raceway.

The match, which is going to be shown live on Sky Sports, is expected to be in front of a large crowd at the Essex track due to two special initiatives being arranged by the Hammers promotion.

In last Friday's Hammers programme for the fixture against Eastbourne there was a voucher entitling a paying adult to bring a friend to the Coventry match for just �5 compared to the usual adult admission charge of �15. These vouchers will also appear in several of the Essex local papers covering the Barking, Basildon, Dagenham, Ilford, Newham, Romford, Thurrock and Southend areas.

In a separate initiative the Club will also be re-introducing the '999 Special'.

This scheme, which was run last season at a live Sky Sports match, will throw open the doors for Free Admission to the often unsung heroes that look after the community.

All personnel from the emergency services or armed forces will be granted free entry to the meeting for themselves and their immediate family on production of their service ID card.

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Hammers Co Promoter, Stuart Douglas, was thrilled to make this gesture stating: "Speedway is very much a community sport, and this is our small way of showing our appreciation to those who perform these vital, and often very difficult, duties in an effort to make all our lives and communities safer and more pleasant.

We're looking forward to seeing as many fire fighters, police, ambulance, coast guard, and armed forces that can make it down to the Raceway. We can guarantee they won't be disappointed by the fantastic Speedway action they will see on the night."

Supporters of both the Hammers and the Bees are asked to turn up next Monday as early as possible to ensure they gain their favourite viewing places. The gates will open at 5.30pm with the meeting due to start at 7.30pm.

The Lakeside Hammers go into this meeting hopeful of fielding their full seven riders as Joonas Kylmakorpi is expected to return to the side following his broken elbow.

Coventry have also been struck by injuries recently and, at this stage, they still have to name their side although broken leg victims Ben Barker and Oliver Allen are not expected to be included but Australian Rory Schlein should have recovered from his recent injuries.

It is likely to be a fiercely competitive match with the Hammers looking to revenge their Craven Shield Final defeat against the Bees at the end of last season.