Hammers look for flying start tonight

LAKESIDE Hammers go into their final home meeting of the 2009 season tonight when they take on the Coventry Bees in the Final of the Elite League Knock Out Cup.

LAKESIDE Hammers go into their final home meeting of the 2009 season tonight when they take on the Coventry Bees in the Final of the Elite League Knock Out Cup.

Having missed out on a crack at the Sky Sports Elite League title to eventual Champions, the Wolverhampton Wolves, Hammers promotional duo of Jon Cook and Stuart Douglas are hoping for a determined and powerful start to the meeting.

“Wolves have shown us how that building a big lead in the first leg of a Final has proven to be a knockout blow,” said Douglas.

“Our aim is to hit Coventry fast and hard to stamp some authority on the meeting. As this will be our last outing in a pretty successful 2009 campaign, I would really like to give the fans something to cheer about. In return, I'd love to see a big crowd come to support the boys tonight - it's not every week you get to see your team in the Cup Final.”


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Jon Cook was quick to echo the sentiment; “This year's team has been a great one to manage and we want to sign of with a trophy for the fans,” he said.

“Hammers fans have waited a long time to see some silverware and tonight provides a perfect opportunity to get one hand on the Cup. We need all the lads to be on song, and the crowd, too, can play a massive part in that.”

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It is going to be a busy evening at the Hammers Raceway tonight as, in addition to the 15 heats of action in the 1st leg of the Cup Final against the Bees, there will also be a six heat, four a side match involving riders on vintage bikes in the famous colours of the Hackney Hawks and the Romford Bombers.

These meetings will be followed by fireworks and the traditional end of season farewells from the riders. The presentation of the Hammers 'Rider of the Year' will also be made.

In view of these additional races the veterans will commence their meeting at 7.15pm with the Cup Final following on at 8pm. Normal admission prices will apply, which are:- Adults - �15, Senior Citizens, Students and Disabled - �11, Unemployed - �10, Children 6-15 - �3 with children under 6 free.

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