Lakeside Hammers fall short at Birmingham

PUBLISHED: 08:32 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:32 22 June 2017

Zach Wajtknecht in action for Lakeside Hammers (Pic: Rob Newell)

Zach Wajtknecht in action for Lakeside Hammers (Pic: Rob Newell)

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Birmingham Brummies 46 Lakeside Hammers 44

Lakeside Hammers number one Zach Wajtknecht stormed his way to another 15 point maximum to help his side secure a consolation National League point from their 46-44 defeat at Birmingham.

The Bristol-based racer was in breathtaking form against his old club as he sealed a third unbeaten display from his last four fixtures.

While the Hammers were never able to get their noses in front, they were always within touching distance of the reigning Champions.

And even when they fell eight points behind with three races to go, the Hammers were once again able to call on Wajtknecht and club captain Ben Morley for two 5-1s to secure a last gasp point.

Wajtknecht said: “I feel so good right now and I’m just over the moon to be scoring how I am for Lakeside.

“Me and Ben were able to pull it off again in the big heats but we pushed Birmingham all the way right from heat one.

“Birmingham is a tough place to come to so we’ve got to be happy with a point - but it could have been more.

“Paul (Hurry) slid off a couple of times, a few other things here and there didn’t go our way, so we maybe could have sneaked the win but we’ll still go home pretty happy.”

The result ended the Vortex Hammers’ run of four consecutive wins, but the league point picked up sees them close the gap on the third tier’s top two.

The Hammers return to the Arena Essex raceway on Sunday afternoon to take on the Isle of Wight Warriors from 3pm.

Birmingham : Tom Bacon 12, Taylor Hampshire 9+1, Liam Carr 9, David Mason 6+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 5, Layne Cupitt 3+2, Alex Spooner 1.

Lakeside: Zach Waktknecht 15, Ben Morley 11+2, Alfie Bowtell 6+1, Connor Locke 5+1, Paul Hurry 5, Jamie Couzins 2, Nick Laurence 0.

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