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Wolves sent packing by strong Lakeside Hammers

Tai Woffinden (white), Joe Jacobs (yellow), Peter Karlsson (blue) and Rory Schlein (red) do battle in heat 13. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO Tai Woffinden (white), Joe Jacobs (yellow), Peter Karlsson (blue) and Rory Schlein (red) do battle in heat 13. Pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Saturday, July 5, 2014
12:21 PM

Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 57 Wolverhampton Wolves 35

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Lakeside Hammers maintained their play-off push with a comfortable home win against Wolverhampton Wolves.

The Hammers were never headed all night and an under-strength Wolves offered little resistance aside from World Champion Tai Woffinden.

It was a strong showing from the hosts with Rory Schlein a fine choice of guest, only being beaten by Woffinden in heat 13 on his way to 11 points, while there was some fine riding from the rest of the team as they only ran three last places on their way to the 22-point win.

They started as they meant to go on when Schlein and stand-in skipper Richard Lawson held off a slow starting Woffinden for a home 5-1.

It looked like being a reverse in heat two when Joe Jacobs and Tom Perry had the Wolves on a 5-1, only for the former to fall and gift the Hammers a shared heat.

Away guest Danny King started well as he managed to see off Mikkel Bech and Peter Karlsson for another 3-3 to leave the Hammers 11-7 in front.

It was to and fro for Ben Morley and Ty Proctor as they battled for second place behind a fast starting Lewis Bridger, but the latter just saw off the Hammer.

It was still a heat advantage for the hosts, and another followed when Schlein led from the off, while Ricky Wells got the better of Karlsson for second.

Adam Ellis managed to work his way through the field from last to second for a 5-1 behind Lawson as they established a 10-point lead after seven heats.

King came out as a tactical ride in heat eight but a fine effort from Bridger and Bech saw them somehow both pass King in one manoeuvre and the Hammers moved 31-17 in front.

Morley and Ellis strolled to the fourth maximum of the night in heat nine, before Schein maintained his unbeaten record having passed King and Proctor as Lawson swept past the latter for a home 4-2.

Woffinden took the black and white helmet colour for a tactical ride but Bech rode superbly to pass the World Champion and a 4-4 shared heat saw the Hammers almost home and hosed at 40-20 in front.

Lawson came from last to second to support Morley for another fine 5-1 in heat 12, before Woffinden secured his second win of the night ahead of Schlein and Karlsson.

Bridger swept his way past Wells to take victory in heat 14 but Ellis could only run a last.

Wolves ended their night on a high with their first heat advantage as Woffinden took the chequered flag ahead of Bech, who did go close to a second win over the Brit.

However, that didn’t dampen the spirit as the Hammers picked up another three points to maintain second spot in the table.

Lakeside are next in action on Thursday when they head to league leaders King’s Lynn Stars.

Lakeside (number of rides): Schlein 11 (4), Lawson 8+2 (5), Bech 11+1 (5), Bridger 8+1 (4), Karlsson 5+1 (4), Morley 9 (4), Ellis 5+3 (4)

Wolves: Woffinden 14 (5), Proctor 4 (4), King 5 (5), Wells 5 (5), Jacobs 3 (5), Perry 4+1 (5)

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