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Hammers maintain unbeaten home run with Wolves win

Scott Nicholls (blue) and Tai Woffinden (white) in action during heat 13 last night. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO Scott Nicholls (blue) and Tai Woffinden (white) in action during heat 13 last night. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 53 Wolverhampton Wolves 40

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A minute's silence was held for the late Lee Richardson. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTOA minute's silence was held for the late Lee Richardson. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Lakeside Hammers consolidated their top spot in the Elite League table last night with a routine, but edgy win over Wolverhampton Wolves.

The Hammers impressed early on, but again found themselves a victim of the tactical ride, which gave Wolves fresh impetus and they kept plugging away until the very end.

The margin of victory could have been more for the Hammers, and though the likes of Ben Morley continued to impress, number one Peter Karlsson continues to struggle for consistency, scoring just five points.

A minute’s silence was held before the start of the meeting for the late Lee Richardson, with the Lakeside skipper passing away tragically in a crash in Poland two years ago on Tuesday.

Wolves’ number one and World Champion Tai Woffinden will always have to deal with the added pressure, but he continues to find things difficult and a fine gate from Richard Lawson saw the Hammer lead from start to finish, though Karlsson was kept out at the back.

Riders were all over the place in the reserve heat, and it was one of most stretched out 5-1s seen for some time with Ellis easing to victory and Morley comfortable in second.

The success continued when skipper Davey Watt and guest Scott Nicholls profited from Piotr Pawlicki’s exclusion, after he’d forced Nicholls to put the bike down on the opening lap.

The pair came back out for a regulation 5-1, and Lewis Bridger, reportedly under pressure for his team place, led from start to finish in heat four. Morley couldn’t find a way past Ashley Morris though as the Hammers lead 16-8.

Karlsson and Nicholls were comfortable out front in the following heat to move 21-9 up, and allow Wolves to use a tactical ride with Pawlicki

He and Woffinden gated with Watt unable to find a route past the World Champion and an 8-1 advantage put the visitors firmly back in the game at 22-17.

Any immediate hopes of that sparking a Wolves revival were extinguished with Lawson’s second win of the night and Ellis in third for a Hammers 4-2.

Normal service had been resumed with a home 5-1 through Watt and Bridger, opened the gap back out to 11 at 31-20.

Disaster struck for Ellis when leading heat nine e as he shed a chain. Thankfully Morley was in second to at least ensure a shared heat.

Pawlicki kept Wolves hopes alive with his second win of the night, and Karlsson could only separate him and Ricky Wells for a Wolves 4-2.

The Hammers were on a 4-2 in heat 11 when Nicholls spun in third place, though with Watt in front, no damage was done.

Morley was again superb to keep out Thorsell in heat 12, and with Lawson out in front a home 5-1 effectively moved them into a 44-31 lead.

Woffinden began to find his way and secured his first win of the night in heat 13, with Nicholls sandwiched between him and Pawlicki for a Wolves 4-2.

They were keeping the Hammers honest but a 5-1 in heat 14 from Morley and Bridger assured the hosts of all three points.

Wolves at least ended the night on a high with Pawlicki and Woffinden reversing the heat 13 placings for an away 4-2.

Lakeside Hammers 53: Peter Karlsson 5 (from four rides), Richard Lawson 9 (4), Davey Watt 10 (5), Lewis Bridger 8+1 (4), Scott Nicholls 8+2 (5), Ben Morley 9+3 (5), Adam Ellis 4 (3).

Wolverhampton Wolves 40: Tai Woffinden 9+2 (5), Jacob Thorsell 5 (4), Ricky Wells 4 (4), Ty Proctor 3+1 (3), Piotr Pawlicki 13 (5), Joe Jacobs 2+1 (4), Ashley Morris 4+1 (4).

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