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)

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

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.


Latest Sport Stories

Marek Nahlik celebrates a goal for London Raiders (pic; John Scott)

National League: London Raiders 7 Oxford Stars 4

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ryman North: Romford 2 Cray Wanderers 3

George Purcell of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ryman North: Hornchurch 4 Haringey Boro 1

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Plymouth Argyle 1

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Evergreen striker in primite position to replace injured McClure in attack for visit of Plymouth

Yesterday, 17:53
Action from the latest indoor cricket league matches at UEL

Latest news from indoor cricket league

Yesterday, 17:30
Jimmy McFarlane of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch boss targets success against Haringey ahead of Thurrock trip

Yesterday, 17:00
London Raiders captain Tom Davis (pic: John Scott)

Captain Davis wants to build momentum

Most read sport

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder