The Arena Essex Hammers race their last Premier League fixtures of the season this week starting with a visit to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday then a home meeting with Kings Lynn on Friday.

A home win to the Islanders would propel them up to second place in the League table irrespective as to whether they also claim the aggregate win. They would leapfrog over the present second place team Sheffield.

The Hammers are currently in ninth place in the League on 45 points and would need the bonus point together with all three points from their final home meeting against the King's Lynn Stars to move above Workington into eighth place.

Arena are expecting to be at full strength for Tuesday's match despite Leigh Lanham taking a nasty looking fall in the final heat in Friday's home win over Trelawny. The Isle of Wight are still to officially announce their side but are expected to include Danny Bird, Adam Shields, Sebastien Tressarieu, Glen Phillips and Gary Phelps.

Both Ray Morton and Chris Mills are at present injured and likely to be replaced by guests. Mills was replaced by Stephane Tressarieu, Sebastien's brother, in the away meeting at Sheffield and could, therefore, be replacing the ex Hammers junior Mills again.

When the Stars visited Purfleet in the British League Cup clash in August the Hammers raced to a convincing 56-34 victory, so a similar performance will see the three available League points come the way of the Hammers.

For Friday's match the Hammers are expecting to be at full strength again with the inclusion of both Kylmakorpi and King. The Hammers captain, Kelvin Tatum, will be in the side although he has to fly out to New Zealand the following weekend to compete in the final round of this year's World Longtrack Championships where he is in runners-up position behind Germany's Robert Barth.

The Hammers will wish to finish their League campaign with another home win but King's Lynn will be desperate to gain the three League points available. Following the meeting there will be various presentations made and an opportunity for the Hammers riders to say their farewells for the season to their supporters.

 

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