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Lakeside Hammers open Elite League season with home win over Swindon Robins

14:30 29 March 2014

Davey Watt (red), Nick Morris (white), Troy Batchelor (yellow) and Lewis Bridger (blue) during heat three of Lakeside Hammers

Davey Watt (red), Nick Morris (white), Troy Batchelor (yellow) and Lewis Bridger (blue) during heat three of Lakeside Hammers' 47-44 win over Swindon Robins. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 47 Swindon Robins 44

Lakeside Hammers began their 2014 Elite League campaign with a 47-44 victory over the Swindon Robins.

The very first heat saw a great race with Richard Lawson for the Hammers and visting riders Peter Kildemand and Nicolai Klindt swapping places throughout, before the Lakeside rider squeezed to victory on the line.

Adam Ellis and Ben Morley took a maximum heat advantage over their Wiltshire counterparts in heat two and the Hammers began to stamp their initial authority on the meeting, with first captain Davey Watt, followed by Lewis Bridger taking heat victories, to open up a 10-point lead by heat five.

The visitors resorted to a tactical ride for Kildemand in heat six, but were unable to stop the impressive Bech from adding to his first heat win which he had previously achieved in heat four.

A mix up between Nick Morris and Kildermand also meant that the Robins failed to capitalise on the tactical opportunity, with the Swindon number one unable to pass his team-mate to double his points advantage further.

Lawson delivered another heat victory in heat seven, with Ellis taking third, before Ben Morley then raced to his first heat win as a full time Hammer in heat nine.

Troy Batchelor and Morris for the Robins dominated heat 10 delivering a maximum heat advantage of their own over an off the pace Peter Karlsson. Hammers team manager Neil Vatcher brought Ellis into Heat 12 and the Hammers asset pulled out all the stops to join the similarly impressive Lawson on a 5-1, beating the experienced Klindt in the process.

With an 11-point cushion, the Hammers looked on course to take all three league points, but the Robins fought back in the tail end of the meeting, first with the impressive Kildemand teaming up with Morris for a 5-1 in heat 13.

Ellis then suffered a second blown motor in four days whilst in third position in heat 14, turning what was a heat advantage to the Hammers into a shared heat, before Batchelor and Morris then saw off the final challenge from Watt and Bech in heat 15, to enable the visitors to snatch a league point.

Co-promoter Jon Cook hailed youngster Adam Ellis as a match winner, helping the Hammers deny Swindon a fourth consecutive win in Essex

“Adam was awesome and to claim such a notable scalp on his home debut is a mouthwatering taster of what is to come in the seasons ahead,” said Cook. “Praise too to Ben Morley for a terrific first Elite League meeting as a Vortex Hammer.”

Lakeside Hammers 47: Peter Karlsson 2 (from 4 rides), Richard Lawson 9 (4), Davey Watt 9 (5), Mikkel Bech 9 (5), Lewis Bridger 6+1 (4), Ben Morley 6+1 (3), Adam Ellis 6+1 (5).

Swindon Robins 44: Peter Kildemand 13+1 (5), Nicolai Klindt 5+2 (4), Troy Batchelor 11+1 (5), Simon Gustafsson 4 (4), Nick Morris 6+2 (4), Darryl Ritchings 3(4), Matt Williamson 2+2 (4).

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