Speedway: Lakeside Hammers win was 'turning point'

Lee Richardson

Richardson returned to Lakeside in May last year

Lakeside Hammers captain Lee Richardson is confident his side's away woe is behind them.

After poor results at Elite League new boys Birmingham and King's Lynn  the Hammers were able to go to Belle Vue and collect a valuable win  .

And on Friday Richardson leads his team in a double-header against Eastbourne.

"When we fire, like we did at Belle Vue, we can beat anyone I believe, and I think it is a turning point," the 31-year-old told BBC Essex.

"I believe after that result we can turn our season around.

"I think if you look at our team, in the top five we're arguably one of the strongest teams around.

It's pretty tiring but we've done it for a long time now and at least this one isn't too far away

Lee Richardson Lakeside Hammers captain

"But it hasn't clicked, we've had problems individually and you can't afford to have two or three riders off form in a meeting."

The Hammers host the Eagles at 1300 BST at the Essex Raceway before both teams pack up and head to the south coast to do it all again later that evening.

"It is hard, especially if you have any mechanical problems or a fall," Richardson added.

"It's pretty tiring but we've done it for a long time now and at least this one isn't too far away."

Lakeside are expected to be unchanged from the line-up that won in Manchester.