December 20 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 53 Lakeside Hammers 40
Lakeside let a 20-10 lead slip at King’s Lynn as their push for the Elite League play-offs will go right down to the wire at Swindon on Monday.
It had all looked rosy after five heats with the Hammers dominating proceedings, but an 8-1 tactical win from Stars guest Tai Woffinden and Lasse Bjerre sparked the Norfolk Arena hosts into life.
And though Neil Vatcher’s team battled they couldn’t find a way back into the meeting as their hunt for the fourth play-off place will go down to their final league meeting of the season against Swindon Robins.
It had all started well with guest Chris Harris and Lewis Bridger leading from the off for a opening heat maximum and was followed by another in the next as King’s Lynn Niklas Porsing shed a chain when in second in front of Tyson Nelson, with Richard Lawson taking the chequered flag.
The hosts hit back though in heat three with a maximum of their own from skipper Mads Korneliussen and former Hammer Richie Worrall as Bridger retired on lap two.
Lawson was proving a thorn at reserve, winning heat four and with guest Cameron Woodward in third, the Hammers moved 15-9 in front.
Things got even better for the visitors when Harris and Piotr Swiderski came up trump and the Hammers led 20-10.
But then came the meeting changer as Woffinden came out in black and white to take the victory and with Bjerre in second, the Stars moved to within three at 21-18.
The momentum was clearly with the hosts though and they completed a remarkable turnaround in heat seven as a maximum came the way of Porsing and Schlein as they edged 23-22 in front.
The first shared heat of the night saw Bjerre head Harris but the hosts turned the screw when Korneliussen got the better of Woodward, while Worrall headed Nelson.
And in the seventh maximum of the night, the Stars went further ahead as Woffinden came up trumps once again with that man Bjerre.
King’s Lynn led 35-28 with 10 heats gone, but the Hammers hung on with three shared heats, though all three winners were for the Stars
But they were dealt a hammer blow when the hosts made sure of all three points on the night when Worrall and Porsing picked up another maximum as they led 49-38 going into the final heat.
And the hosts ended it with a 4-2 as Woffinden ended a great night for the Stars as their top point scorer with 15 points, while Harris in second place top scored for the Hammers with 14.
Stars (number of rides): Woffinden 15 (5), Bjerre 8+2 (4), Korneliussen 11 (5), Worrall 6+1 (4), Schlein 7+1 (4), Porsing 5+1 (5), Kerr 1 (3)
Hammers: Harris 14 (6), Swiderski 5+1 (6), Bridger 5+1 (5), Woodward 6+2 (5), Nelson 2+1 (3), Lawson 8+2 (5)