Iversen stars as King’s Lynn profit against Hammers
09:39 20 May 2014
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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 45 King’s Lynn Stars 47
Lakeside had to bow to the supremacy of red-hot title favourites King’s Lynn and Grand Prix star Niels Kristian Iversen helped himself to a fine six-ride tactical maximum as King’s Lynn Stars came away with all three points.
The Hammers had no answer to the Dane’s speed as he came out on top as they turned around an 11-point advantage to edge past Neil Vatcher’s side in the final heat in front of the Sky Sports cameras, as the hosts continue to struggle with consistency.
The early signs were there when Iversen persevered behind Richard Lawson to pass the home number two on the final lap.
Lewis Kerr swept round the outside of Ben Morley and Adam Ellis for a second shared heat of the night.
An out of sorts Mikkel Bech struggled all night as skipper Davey Watt won heat three with Rory Schlein and the impressive 16-year-old Robert Lambert to leave the scored tied at 9-9 after three.
Stars duo Nicklas Porsing and Lewis Kerr gated on a maximum in the next and though Lewis Bridger found a way past the latter, couldn’t repeat the feat against Porsing.
Schlein gated in heat five for another shared heat, while Iversen kept up his 100 per cent record in heat six.
He had to do it the hard way though, passing the Hammers pair of Watt and Bridger who had gated on a 5-1.
Things turned in the Hammers favour in heat seven as Darren Mallett fell, and from the re-run the hosts picked up a 5-0 after Lambert suffered technical problems and entered the in-field.
He initially thought he could continue and rode ran to pick up the point, only to have his hopes dashed by referee Jim Lawrence.
That lifted the hosts, and consecutive 5-1s saw the Hammers move 32-21 up. That only allowed the visitors to use Iversen as the tactical ride and a below-par Peter Karlsson could only split Iversen and Schlein, with Lawson running an untimely last.
A Stars maximum followed as Iversen and Lambert gated, though that maximum was cancelled out when Lawson and Ben Morley came up trumps against Kerr.
Bech was seriously struggling and when in second on a shared heat, he seemed to lack the speed and was pipped to third in the end by Schlein and a 4-2 advantage moved them to within four with two heats remaining.
It was to get worse for the hosts as Lambert and Kerr gated on a 5-1 and kept that up to move level going into the final heat.
And opting for Karlsson and Watt in heat 15, the Hammers simply didn’t have the power to match Iversen and Schlein, who again gained a vital 4-2 to take the win on the night, and leave the Hammers to ponder another missed opportunity at home.
Lakeside Hammers 45: Peter Karlsson 6+2 (from 5 rides), Richard Lawson 8 (4), Davey Watt 11 (5), Lewis Bridger 6+1 (4), Mikkel Bech 2 (4), Ben Morley 6+2 (4), Adam Ellis 6+2 (4)
King’s Lynn Stars 47: Niels Kristian Iversen 21 (6), Nicklas Porsing 3 (5), Rory Schlein 8+1 (6), Robert Lambert 7+1 (5), Darren Mallett 0 (3), Lewis Kerr 8+1 (5).