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Hammers boss hopes for better

PUBLISHED: 15:36 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:47 02 July 2010

HAMMERS will be hoping for an improvement when they begin their Elite League campaign with a double-header against Eastbourne today (Friday). They welcome the Eagles — who lost at home to Swindon in their league opener on Saturday — to Purfleet for a 1pm

HAMMERS will be hoping for an improvement when they begin their Elite League campaign with a double-header against Eastbourne today (Friday).

They welcome the Eagles - who lost at home to Swindon in their league opener on Saturday - to Purfleet for a 1pm meeting, before travelling to Arlington for a 7.30pm start in the return.

And, after seeing his side lose their first home meeting against Wolves last week, owner Stuart Douglas said: "Our pre-season activity hasn't gone to plan.

"We are way off the standards we set ourselves and will be working hard to address all the issues to ensure we bag the majority of points available this Friday."

Beaten in a last-heat decider against Ipswich last Thursday, the KO Cup winners had a mountain to climb in the second leg of their Elite Shield clash with Wolves, after a 28-point defeat at Monmore Green.

Paul Hurry, Adam Shields and Krzysztof Kasprzak had race wins in the opening stages, while Fredrik Lindgren took the chequered flag in his first two outings and Nicolai Klindt held off Jonas Davidsson and Kauko Nieminen in heat three.

Hammers led by six points before Hurry retired in heat seven and Daniel Davidsson suffered an engine failure while leading the next race. And Kasprzak's heat 10 success was Lakeside's only other win as Lindgren went on to complete a full maximum.

Douglas added: "We should've won both the meeting at Ipswich and our home meeting against Wolves. Inconsistent performances throughout the team saw the results reversed against us.

"We must get a much higher level of consistency from the team. The fans have every right to expect bigger performances from us now."

Team manager Jon Cook added: "It's certainly not the start to the season we had anticipated, but it would be foolhardy to start panicking.

"I'll be making sure that the message is heard loud and clear, that there's absolutely no room for complacency or lack of commitment.

"We've had a chance to iron out bike gremlins and sharpen our race reflexes. The business starts now and I will be looking at the whole team to pick up the gauntlet and make their mark."

Hammers: Krzysztof Kasprzak 9 (5), Stuart Robson 5 (4), Kauko Nieminen 5+3 (4), Jonas Davidsson 8 (5), Adam Shields 6 (4), Paul Hurry 4+1 (4), Daniel Davidsson 3+1 (4).

Wolves: Fredrik Lindgren 15 (5) Ty Proctor 5 (4) Nicolai Klindt 8+1 (4) Joe Screen 8 (4) Tai Woffinden 10+1 (5) Ludvig Lindgren 2 (4) Joe Haines 2+1 (4).


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