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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Elite League: Poole Pirates 62 Lakeside Hammers 28
Lakeside Hammers’ search for points to boost their play-off bid continues after a heavy defeat in front of the Sky Sports cameras at fellow play-off contenders Poole Pirates, no thanks to maximums from Grand Prix duo Darcy Ward and Greg Hancock.
It proved to be a night to forget from the off for the Hammers as they conceded the first of seven heat maximums through skipper Ward and Thomas H Jonasson, and it got worse as Josh Grajczonek and Micky Dyer followed suit.
Davey Watt stemmed the tide in heat three but couldn’t find a way round Greg Hancock as Lakeside lost the heat 4-2, before a little bit of luck went their way when Maciej Janoswki fell with the Pirates were on another maximum.
Neil Vatcher’s side opted to use a tactical ride at the first possible opportunity with Watt but a poor second bend for the Aussie and his team-mate Chris Harris saw Hancock and Tungate team ride round for another Poole maximum.
Ward was in imperious form once again in heat six as he stormed to the win, but Swiderski swooped past Jonasson to restrict the hosts to a 4-2.
That still left the hosts 22-8 in front and already on course for a victory to keep their own play-off hopes alive.
Another bit of fortune went the Hammers way when Grajczonek shed a chain on the final lap as they picked up only the second shared heat of the night.
It was becoming a nightmare for the Hammers as another 5-1 went the way of Jonasson and Dyer in heat eight as the hosts lead by some 20 points at 34-14.
Swiderski and Watt were battling, but the inability to get out of the gate proved to be the Hammers downfall again s another 5-1 came their way in heat nine and were now 39-15 behind with six heats remaining.
Heat 10 came,and went with Bridger pushing wide his own team-mate in Watt, which only helped the Pirates and the maximum came the hosts way once more.
A team meeting led by promoter Jon Cook did seem to help, though the tactical ride in heat 11 for Harris saw him run a last, but at least team-mate Swiderski registered the first Hammers winner of the night.
It seemed to work as Watt and Nelson registered the minor places in the following heat, though a 4-2 went the way of the hosts with Ward on form.
Bridger won the penultimate heat as the Hammers at least showed some more encouraging signs going into Wednesday’s meeting at King’s Lynn but ended it on the wrong end of a maximum to bring a disappointing night to a close.
Poole (number of rides): Ward 14+1 (5), Jonasson 10+3 (5), Hancock 12 (4), Tungate 6+3 (4), Janowski 5+1 (4), Garjczonek 7 (4), Dyer 7+2 (4)
Lakeside: Harris 4 (5), Watt 7 (6), Bridger 6+1 (5), Swiderski 8 (5), Nelson 2+1 (5), Lawson 1+1 (5)
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