Search

Lakeside Hammers topple Elite League leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:43 06 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:43 06 August 2016

Andreas Jonsson impressed for Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Andreas Jonsson impressed for Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League

Lakeside Hammers 48 Belle Vue Aces 45

Lakeside Hammers kept their play-off hopes alive with a vital victory over table-topping Belle Vue at the Arena-Essex Raceway last night.

After briefly dropping out of the Elite League top four, the Vortex Hammers offered a perfect response to climb back above Swindon on points difference.

It was a much-needed victory for the Purfleet outfit – and team coach Kelvin Tatum was delighted to claim a crucial three points.

He said: “It was a good all-around performance because, even without Matej Zagar, Belle Vue were always going to be a tough proposition.

“We’re delighted to come away with the victory, and in truth we maybe took our foot off the gas a little bit at the end.

“It’s very important for us to make sure we keep winning, and we could easily have slipped up.

“We got over Wednesday’s disappointment quickly (a 63-29 loss at Belle Vue), and although Belle Vue will be pleased to get a point, from our perspective it was just about getting the three league points.

“We’ve had a tough test but we came through and got the result we needed, so I’m very proud of the team.”

The home side led for the majority of the meeting but were forced to withstand a late Aces fightback after Craig Cook won a tactical ride in heat 12.

Hammers nonetheless held their nerve to come out on top, with star skipper Andreas Jonsson winning heat 13 to seal victory before the visitors snatched a consolation point with back to back 5-1s in the final two races.

Jonsson starred on his return from illness which caused him to miss Wednesday’s defeat at the National Speedway Stadium, but it was a strong all-around team performance from the Hammers in the absence of Edward Kennett.

Heat-leaders Richard Lawson and Kim Nilsson both put in strong showings and delivered a timely 5-1 in heat 10.

Lewis Bridger also recorded two race wins whilst reserve duo Lewis Kerr and Robert Mear made solid contributions as the home side ran just five last places.

Aces boss Mark Lemon added: “I wouldn’t say we were unlucky not to win because honestly it never looked to be on the cards. Our focus was mainly on making the most of what we had and ensuring we got the one point.

“To finish the night with an encore in the final race was tremendous. It’s just a shame we couldn’t have started the night like that, but we’re more than happy to take that one league point home.”

After giving their top-four ambitions a major boost, the Hammers will be back in action at Coventry on Friday, August 19, before hosting the Bees at the Arena-Essex Raceway the following night.

Hammers: Andreas Jonsson 12, Lewis Bridger 11, Richard Lawson 8+2, Kim Nilsson 7+1, Lewis Kerr 5+2, Robert Mear 5+1, Edward Kennett r/r.

Aces: Scott Nicholls 13+1, Craig Cook 12+1, Richie Worrall 8+1, Nick Morris 6+1, Steve Worrall 6, Joe Jacobs 0, Matej Zagar r/r.

Latest Romford Sports News

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pull-out, we look ahead to why Jimmy McFarlane and Paul Martin could both be smiling come the end of the season

17:00

Romford football club have suspended versatile player Kai Bichard for an incident against Grays Athletic last week.

16:54

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Elliot Romain has joined Torquay United on loan until the end of the season.

16:00

Former Bognor Regis Town man has worn armband in recent weeks with regular skipper on the bench

15:00

London Three Essex: East London 29 Upminster 48

11:00

Romford boss Paul Martin believes it was a bad day at the office for his men as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to fellow Bostik North strugglers Ware.

10:00

In an article from out ‘Year in Sport’ pullout, we preview the year ahead for Dagenham & Redbridge

08:00

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pullout, the other teams in the Six Nations have their chances previewed

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Breaking News

10:04

A man’s body has been found outside a block of flats this morning.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now