Monday October 01, 2018
LAKESIDE are through to the Championship Shield Final after an eight-point aggregate victory over Peterborough.

Sunday’s result at the East of England Arena meant progression in one competition apiece for the Hammers and the Panthers over the weekend, after the Alwalton side went through in the KO Cup at Hoddesdon.

And they have a third aggregate clash to come next weekend – and the biggest of all – as they meet in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Lakeside led by ten points going into the Shield second leg, and held the Panthers to a 46-44 win on the night.

Richard Lawson (12+1) and Nick Morris (9) both won three races for the Hammers as they halted any momentum from the home side, whilst reserve Simon Lambert piled up 13+1 from seven rides for the hosts.

Lakeside boss Will Pottinger said: “We put ourselves in a good position on Saturday night by getting a double-figure lead, but we treated the second leg as 0-0 from the start.

“I know it’s a cliché, but we wanted to try to win on the night. We fell just short of that in the end, but we got the job done overall so we’re more than happy.

“We know we can do well here, so it gives us a good chance of doing well again next week, which is the crucial one in the play-offs – but the Shield is a Final we’re now in, and we’re pleased to be there.”

Panthers manager Carl Johnson said: “It’s disappointing to go out although I’m pleased that we ended up winning the meeting.

“Ten points was always going to be difficult if we didn’t start well, and we didn’t start well enough. We had too many riders off it at the beginning of the meeting.

“Fair play to the boys, they came back well in the second half of the meeting after we did a bit of track work to help them, and also fair play to Lakeside and good luck to them in the Final.”

Peterborough v Lakeside (CS SF)