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Monday, September 16, 2013
Elite League: Swindon Robins 54 Lakeside Hammers 38
Lakeside’s hopes of a place in the Elite League play-offs were finally dashed as they went down to a convincing 54-38 loss at Swindon Robins.
The Hammers looked like they had a slight chance with the score 22-20 in their favour after heat seven, but the hosts, already assured of a play-off spot, came up trumps with four maximums in the last eight heats to take it away from Neil Vatcher’s side.
It was Pole Sebastian Ulamek, back from injury for the final meeting, who top scored for the Hammers with a paid 11, while Richard Lawson twice and Piotr Swiderski were the only heat winners of the night for the visitors.
After a shared first heat where Eddie Kennett fell, the Hammers took a slender lead with Lawson’s win as he led from start to finish, with Tyson Nelson in third.
But the Robins hit back with a maximum in the next as Peter Kildemand gated and Aussie Nick Morris swept from last to second to put the hosts in front 10-8.
Lawson came up trumps once again though as he took the chequered flag in heat four in a tussle with Troy Batchelor and Kyle Howarth, though Lewis Bridger nipped past Howarth to take third.
Robins Danish duo Hans Andersen and Kildemand took victories in heats five and six, which were both shared.
But Swiderski just held on for victory in heat seven over Batchelor and with Bridger benefitting from Ashley Birks’ problems the Hammers were 22-20 and thinking about the play-offs.
The hosts stepped it up though with Kildemand and Morris securing a heat eight 5-1 before Andersen and Kennett followed suit in the next to move the Robins 35-25 in front.
Ulamek was placed in the black and white helmet, but couldn’t hold off Batchelor despite outgating the Aussie
And any feint hopes of the Hammers making the play-offs went with Swindon’s 4-2 in heat 12 as Kildemand swept past Swiderski, with Howarth passing Nelson on lap three.
Guest Cameron Woodward was excluded from heat 13 and Alun Rossiter’s side profited with another maximum in front of Bridger.
Lakeside were on a maximum in heat 14 but Morris passed Lawson and Watt in consecutive laps to take the victory, while the Hammers season ended with a 4-2 final heat loss with Andersen completing a five-ride maximum and the visitors were left thinking what may have been as they missed out on the play-offs.
Swindon (number or rides): Andersen 15 (5), Kennett 5+1 (4), Kildemand 13 (5), Morris 7+2 (4) Batchelor 9+1 (4), Birks 0 (4), Howarth 5+1 (4)
Lakeside: Woodward 4+1 (4), Ulamek 10+1 (5), Swiderski 6 (4), Watt 4 (4), Bridger 5 (4), Nelson 2+1 (4), Lawson 7+1 (5)