Speedway: Lakeside Hammers 'confident' of progress
Lakeside Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook insists the club are not ready to have their play-off hopes ended by Eastbourne Eagles on Monday.
The teams race in the first leg of their Elite League semi-final at the Arena Essex Raceway after the Hammers made a late surge for the top four.
"We certainly feel quite confident, we don't feel like this is the end of the journey," Cook told BBC Essex.
"We actually feel like we're coming into our stride."
The return leg will be held at Eastbourne's Arlington Stadium seven days later, with the winners going on to face Poole or King's Lynn in the final.
"We know Eastbourne well, it's not a track we go to particularly favourably, one or two of our riders don't like the place," Cook added.
"But this year Lee Richardson and Peter Ljung particularly have ridden very well down there. If we can get two, four or six points at our leg, take it down there and defend it, I think we'll be confident."