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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 69 Birmingham Brummies 20
Lakeside Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook was after an improvement at home, but even he wouldn’t have predicted how convincing and comfortable it turned out to be against Birmingham Brummies last night.
The hosts reeled off 10 heat maximums in a fine night for the Hammers, and though some may look at that and point out Birmingham’s weaknesses, Lakeside still had to do their fair amount of overtaking.
It was a much-needed improvement from Lewis Bridger who picked up a paid maximum from his four rides, while he was joined by Mikkel Bech and Davey Watt, who both scored paid 15 from five.
The early signs were promising as Peter Karlsson swept up the inside from third to first, and with Richard Lawson in second it was the first 5-1 of the night.
Ben Morley and Adam Ellis strolled to another in heat two, before Bridger produced the goods in heat three as he managed to find a way past Danny King on the third lap to join Watt on a 5-1.
Adam Skornicki stemmed the tide in the next as he separated Bech and Morley, though it was still a 4-2 and the Hammers lead 19-5.
The home side were back on the charge in the next as Bridger and Karlsson eased their way to another maximum with King’s tactical ride nullified.
The writing was now on the wall for the Brummies and though Bech and Watt were not first out of the gate, they were able to pass Kennett on the second bend before strolling to the fifth 5-1 in six heats.
Lawson found a way past Daniel Nermark and with Ellis in third it was another home advantage as they moved into a staggering 33-9 lead after just seven heats.
Watt and Bech were in form again to sweep past Skornicki on a tactical ride for a maximum, before Morley and Ellis combined for another easy 5-1 in heat nine – and they now held a 43-11 lead.
The Brummies did register one heat advantage, and that came in heat 10 when Edward Kennett held off Karlsson, while King kept Lawson at bay.
Normal service was resumed in the next though as although King gated, Watt and Bridger both found a way through to move the Hammers into a 50-16 lead.
Morley produced the ride of the night to hold off Skornicki as the hosts registered another 5-1 in heat 12.
Karlsson again had some hard work to do, but he got past Nermark to join Bridger for a home maximum as a 70-point mark return looked on the cards.
Nermark was to thwart that though as he separated Bech and Ellis to see them avoid further humiliation, but Bech returned in heat 15 with Watt.
The former had to hold off at late charge from Skornick to keep hold of second, but the Hammers fans went home very happy with the work of their team.
Lakeside will be hoping for more points on the road when they travel to Leicester Lions today.
Lakeside Hammers 69: Peter Karlsson 9+2 (from 4 rides), Richard Lawson 8+1 (4), Davey Watt 14+1 (5), Mikkel Bech 13+2 (5), Lewis Bridger 10+2 (4), Ben Morley 9+1 (4), Adam Ellis 6+2 (8)
Birmingham Brummies 21: Rider Replacement for Ben Barker, Adam Skornicki 5 (6), Danny King 4 (6), Daniel Nermark 5 (5), Edward Kennett 5 (5), Benji Compton 0 (4), Simon Lambert 2 (4).