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Heartwarming start for Hammers

08:46 27 March 2014

Lakeside Hammers got the 2014 season underway at Poole (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Lakeside Hammers got the 2014 season underway at Poole (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Challenge: Poole 48 Lakeside Hammers 42

The Vortex Hammers produced a heartwarming performance in their opening match of the season against defending Elite League champions Poole last night.

It may have only been a challenge match but in front of a big crowd both sides rode hard from the outset.

And not many would have predicted that the scores would be level at 36-36 with just three heats to go.

And whilst a Pirates 5-1 in heat 13 proved to be their undoing, the Hammers were still in with a chance of snatching what would have been a deserved draw going into the final race.

But the home side grabbed a 4-2, with Darcy Ward heading home Mikkel Bech to give the win to the Pirates.

The latter was the star of the show for the Hammers and showed just why they were delighted to have signed him in the winter.

The other major plusses were the 7+2 return from four rides from Adam Ellis at reserve and the 7+1 scored by Richard Lawson at number two.

Singling those three out should not detract from the efforts of the other four riders on the night, though, with Davey Watt and Peter Karlsson being hit by engine failures in the second half of the meeting.

That cost the Hammers points and will cost them to effect repairs. In addition Ben Morley did all that could have been expected of him.

The one tough fact to come to terms with is that Lewis Bridger’s four-point tally really didn’t do any justice whatsoever to his wholehearted efforts in all of his rides and amply demonstrated that, under the new heat formula, the number five position away from home is going to prove tough for any rider.

But it was considered a good start to 2014 track action for Hammers, who look forward to hosting their Elite League opening with Swindon at Purfleet tomorrow.

Scorers, Poole: Przemyslaw Pawlicki 12, Darcy Ward 9, Maciej Janowski 8+2, Josh Grajczonek 8, Kyle Newman 5, Lee Smart 4, Vaclav Milik 2.

Vortex Lakeside Hammers: Mikkel Bech 11+1, Adam Ellis 7+2, Richard Lawson 7+1, Peter Karlsson 6, Davey Watt 5, Lewis Bridger 4, Ben Morley 2+2.

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