Hammer time in ‘biggest match of season’

Richard Lawson

GLASGOW chiefs expect thrills at every turn as two Tigers trophy heroes bid to derail their former club.

Speedway is back in the city tomorrow night as Lakeside Hammers travel north led by Nick Morris and Richard Lawson.

Morris won the league with Glasgow as a 17-year-old in 2011, while Lawson was the club’s No 1 over the last three seasons – helping them to the KO Cup in 2016.

They both joined Lakeside in the winter and are now in second place in the SGB Championship – six points ahead of Glasgow in third.

The sides meet at Ashfield tomorrow in what manager Cami Brown says is the biggest match of the season – before clashing again 24 hours later at the Arena Essex Raceway.

Brown, who’s called in the spectacular Ben Barker to guest for Claus Vissing, said: “No excuses – we need to win that match tomorrow. If the boys don’t know that now, they’ll know it by then.

“You’ve got Richie Worrall and Chris Harris against Morris and Lawson.

“You’re going to have Barker thrown into the mix and their man Adam Ellis who’s flying.

“There’s a chance of having a brilliant race in every heat.

Nick Morris

“Lawson knows the place inside out and he’s probably ridden it as much as anyone – so we have to make sure we have to match these guys out the gate.

“It’s the biggest match of the season for me and we can’t afford to lose, or draw – winning is the only option.

“If we don’t win that match it’s going to be a lot tougher to make the play-offs.

“I still feel there are two or three away win chances and I’m confident, as are the riders. But this is one of our last big tests here at home and we’ve got to make sure we don’t fall away here, and get the three points.”

The Tigers will be without Lewis Kerr after he crashed at King’s Lynn last night, suffering a broken leg and broken foot.

Vissing, who’s on Danish league duty tomorrow, will return for Saturday’s trip to the south-east – where Brown knows it will be a big ask for his men on a circuit few favour.

“Lakeside on Saturday is very difficult – not many teams will win down there – but we’ll give it our best shot,” he said.

“It’s a hard track but we had a chat about it a couple of weeks ago and said that we are so good that there shouldn’t be any tracks we have a mental block on.

“They promised they’d wipe the slate clean from memory and give it a go. But tomorrow is the bigger match. If we get anything at Lakeside, it’s an absolute bonus.”

Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 7.30pm.