THE Lakeside Hammers’ first match at Rye House proved to be one to remember after the team booked their place in the play-offs.

On their final night at the Arena-Essex Raceway, the Hammers beat high-flying Glasgow 50-40 to take another giant stride towards the Championship Play-Offs.

Having beaten Newcastle 48-42 in the first fixture the following night, the Hammers knew they had achieved their goal on hearing Berwick had failed to claim four points at Ipswich.

Despite Nick Morris roaring to a stunning 18 point maximum, it wasn’t enough for the Hammers who fell to a 50-40 defeat at the hands of the leaders Peterborough.

And team manager Will Pottinger was ‘relieved’ to see his side cement their place in the end-of-season shootout alongside Peterborough, Glasgow and Workington.

“Changing your home track so late on in a season is far from ideal so for the riders to come up with the goods in the first meeting and book our place in the play-offs was a huge relief,” said Pottinger.