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Hammers upstage Stars

PUBLISHED: 07:52 20 June 2015 | UPDATED: 07:52 20 June 2015

Lakeside's Mikkel Bech (red) and Kings Lynn rival Robert Lambert (white) in racing action ahead of Ashley Birks (blue) at the Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Lakeside's Mikkel Bech (red) and Kings Lynn rival Robert Lambert (white) in racing action ahead of Ashley Birks (blue) at the Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Elite League; Lakeside Hammers 50 King’s Lynn Stars 39

Lakeside's Kim Nilsson (blue) leads Kings Lynn rival Kenneth Bjerre (yellow) in their Elite League clash (pic; Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)Lakeside's Kim Nilsson (blue) leads Kings Lynn rival Kenneth Bjerre (yellow) in their Elite League clash (pic; Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Lakeside Hammers overcame their recent poor home form to beat the Stars and claim three very important Elite League points at Purfleet last night.

The meeting was close all night, with both teams riding fantastically throughout the event, and Hammers led by just two points going into the final two heats.

But then the hosts finally got the kind of luck they have been in desperate need of in the last few weeks.

King’s Lynn’s young England starlet Robert Lambert originally took the victory in a shared heat 14, with Hammers riders second and third, to set up another nailbiting final heat.

Andreas Jonsson (red), Kenneth Bjerre (white), Kim Nilsson (blue) and Nicklas Porsing (yellow) in heat seven action as Lakeside Hammers and Kings Lynn Stars, do battle (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)Andreas Jonsson (red), Kenneth Bjerre (white), Kim Nilsson (blue) and Nicklas Porsing (yellow) in heat seven action as Lakeside Hammers and Kings Lynn Stars, do battle (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

But the race officials were not satisfied with the result and, after a quick investigation, it was deemed that Lambert’s bike was illegal as it was missing its rear dirt flap.

That meant Mikkel Bech was awarded the race win, with Edward Kennett in second place, but the good news didn’t stop there.

On the final lap of the heat, there was contact between Kennett and King’s Lynn rider Niklas Porsing, who crashed and did not finish the race which allowed the home side to take a 5-0 win and overall victory.

Hammers then finished the meeting in style, as both Andreas Jonsson and race winner Kim Nilsson saw off the threat of Niels Kristian Iversen to claim a closing 5-1.

Swedish star Nilsson was delighted that his team finally got a win under their belt after a difficult few weeks in the season.

“It’s really special. Everybody has been so focused on getting the win and we have felt the pressure of getting that win, especially at home as we should win,” said the 25-year-old.

“It was great to have the team back, with Ashley Birks coming back. Sadly Richard Lawson was not here but he will be back for Monday. So I think we can really build on this for the rest of the season.”

Team manager Neil Vatcher was relieved to see his side take home three points and hopes they can build on the positive signs that they are showing.

“The difference between success and failure for us has been very minimal,” said Vatcher.

“Meetings have been going down to the final heat and we weren’t getting the rub of the green on those nights, but you can see what this means to everyone.

“The fans who gave us great support and the riders. It’s great to have that winning feeling again,”

The meeting got off to a slow start as a failure with the tapes brought an abrupt end to heat one.

Once the problem was fixed the two Kings Lynn riders were unstoppable as they steamrolled their way to a 5-1 victory.

The points were shared in heat two, but the Hammers clawed back four points when they scored a maximum in heat three, with Kennett taking the chequered flag.

The Hammers claimed an advantage in heat four, but the visitors levelled it up again with a 4-2 of their own in heat five to make the score 15-15.

The points were shared again in heat six, but the Hammers had edged out a four-point lead by the end of heat eight after two more advantages.

There was a delay before the start of heat eight, as Lewis Kerr suffered a major crash in the first run that punctured the air fencing.

Kerr was able to walk under his own steam after receiving medical assistance on the track and once the air fence was fixed we were back racing.

The second half of the meeting saw King’s Lynn begin to claw back the four-point deficit, as they took an advantage in heat nine.

The points were shared in heat 10, but the Norfolk side levelled the overall score once again with another 4-2 in heat 11 to make it 33-33.

The heat 12 reserves race was shared with Kerr taking victory, but the Hammers took a two-point lead into the penultimate race of the night after a 4-2 in heat 13.

Lambert’s disqualification for not running a rear dirt flap and Porsing’s crash handed Hammers the points, before that final flourish in heat 15 to give the Essex club a boost heading into Monday’s meeting with Wolverhampton.

Hammers: Andreas Jonsson 11+1 (5 rides); Kyle Newman (G) 4 (4); Edward Kennett 9+1 (4); Mikkel Bech 8+1 (4); Kim Nilsson 8+2 (5); Adam Ellis 3+1 (4); Ashley Birks 7+1 (4).

Stars: Niels Kristian Iversen 12 (5); Robert Lambert 7+1 (6); Nicklas Porsing 5 (5); Kenneth Bjerre 6 (5); Lewis Kerr 9 (6); Ashley Morris 0 (3).

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