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Good Friday haul for Hammers

Lakeside Hammers Peter Karlsson (red), Mikkel Bech (blue) and Eastbourne rival Joonas Kylmakorpi (white) battle for supremacy in the Elite League (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO) Lakeside Hammers Peter Karlsson (red), Mikkel Bech (blue) and Eastbourne rival Joonas Kylmakorpi (white) battle for supremacy in the Elite League (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The Vortex Lakeside Hammers maintained their early Elite League title challenge, taking four points from two Good Friday meetings against fierce rivals Eastbourne Eagles.

The Hammers controlled the first meeting at the Purfleet Raceway winning 55-41, with Peter Karlsson top scoring with 13 and the impressive Mikkel Bech delivering a paid maximum.

And in the evening meeting at Arlington, with the Essex-based team operating rider replacement for Beck, the Hammers secured an away league point following a 48-42 point loss.

Lewis Bridger shone, top scoring on his old track with 13 points, and was backed by Richard Lawson (paid 11) and Adam Ellis (paid nine).

Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook said: “It was a very good day, all things considered.

“We had a great home win and a great crowd at The Raceway and then achieved an extra point (at Eastbourne) which was well deserved for our efforts on the night. “Roll on next Friday when we return to The Raceway determined to avenge the point we dropped to Swindon last month.”

Match scores

Lakeside 55 Eastbourne 41

Hammers: Peter Karlsson 13+1, Mikkel Bech 11+1, Davey Watt 8, Richard Lawson 7+1, Lewis Bridger 5+2, Adam Ellis 4, Ben Morley 7+2.

Eagles: Bjarne Pedersen 11, Timo Lahti 6 Joonas Kylmakorpi 2+1, Mikkel Michelsen 7+1, Cameron Woodward 10, Ben Hopwood (G) 1+1, Daniel Halsey 4+1.

Eastbourne 48 Lakeside 42

Eagles: Bjarne Pedersen 14, Timo Lahti 6, Joonas Kylmakorpi 10+1, Mikkel Michelsen 8, Cameron Woodward 2+1, Ben Hopwood (G), 1 Daniel Halsey 7+1.

Hammers: Peter Karlsson 5+3, Richard Lawson 9+2, Davey Watt 5, Lewis Bridger 13, Ben Morley 2+1, Adam Ellis 8+1.

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