SWINDON ROBINS: It's crunch time - Hammers skipper
LAKESIDE captain Davey Watt has admitted Blunsdon would be quite low on his list of preferred tracks as his Hammers desperately search for points in their bid to make the play-offs.
The Purfleet side need to pick up something from their trip to Wiltshire this evening or they will be forced to rely on Belle Vue doing them a favour by beating Poole, with fourth place almost certainly set to be decided this evening.
The Hammers lost 63-27 on their last visit to the Abbey Stadium at the start of the campaign and for that reason Australian Watt would rather his patched-up side were riding at a different venue as they bid to extend their season.
“It’s crunch time really and the season all comes down to this for three teams and it’s going to be interesting because at 7pm nobody will know anything, and then at 10pm we will know if our season is over or not,” he said.
“This time of year is a strange one because you work so hard all season and you know this meeting could mean everything, so it’s a bit strange in that it’s like a final really.
“If it goes good it will be fantastic for the club and if it goes bad it’s going to be terrible, so it’s tricky.
“Swindon would probably rank pretty low on places we would like to go in this situation because we haven’t had great results there, and earlier in the season we were beaten badly.
“I know we have a team who are all capable of going well there but at the moment most of them are missing, with PK (Peter Karlsson) and Seb (Ulamek) out injured and Richard Lawson riding elsewhere, so it’s going to be a tough one.
“I don’t know if Tyson Nelson has raced there or not but if he has he hasn’t had much time there, so it will be tough for him and tough for everybody so hopefully we can pull something out the bag.”
Watt also insisted his side will not be keeping too close an eye on events elsewhere as they aim to focus squarely on their own performance.
“It doesn’t matter what goes on there because if we do well at Swindon we will be in the play-offs and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does,” he said.
“We have to focus on us and not what’s going on up there because we can’t control it, and we need to do our job.
“It’s going to be an intense meeting and it will be a great night for speedway.”
The Hammers are using Chris Harris as a guest for injured veteran Karlsson and rider replacement for Ulamek, while David Bellego is in for Lawson who is on Workington duty in the Premier League.
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