Brave Lakeside Hammers lose at Swindon
PUBLISHED: 07:53 06 May 2016 | UPDATED: 07:53 06 May 2016
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Elite League: Swindon 50 Lakeside Hammers 40
Lakeside Hammers put up another brave fight on their travels before eventually slipping to Elite League defeat against Swindon at the Abbey last night.
The Vortex Hammers, buoyed by victory over Belle Vue the night before, battled valiantly throughout and were always in the mix against the Robins before eventually leaving Wiltshire empty handed.
It was a disappointing result for the Purfleet outfit as they gained no reward to show for their determined efforts, but coach Kelvin Tatum was once again encouraged by what he saw from his side.
He said: “We are a little frustrated in truth, because we competed very strongly and we’ve done that on a few occasions without picking up any points.
“I’m sure if we continue to do that then we’ll start to get our rewards, but right now it feels a little frustrating because we got within two and then it just slipped away from us.
“I’m encouraged by the fact that we have a team that come and race hard wherever they ride, and we’ll be looking to bounce back when we take on Coventry home and away in a couple of weeks.”
After a nip-and-tuck start, the Hammers found themselves eight points behind and on the back foot after a second consecutive Swindon 5-1 in heat six.
They fought back with Richard Lawson and Lewis Kerr bringing them within two with a maximum of their own in heat nine.
However, the hosts came on strong in the closing stages, with Grand Prix star Jason Doyle riding to a faultless 15-point maximum to see them over the line.
Swedish ace Kim Nilsson top scored for the Hammers with a classy display, while Lawson bagged was paid for nine points to join him in heat 15.
Reserve duo Robert Mear and Kerr also put in encouraging displays, but number one Andreas Jonsson endured a rare off night as he failed to record a race win.
With Piotr Swiderski also struggling and Lewis Bridger earning little reward for his battling efforts, Hammers were unable to add to their Elite League points tally.
The Arena-Essex Raceway side nonetheless remain top of the table after an action-packed two days and now face a break of just over a fortnight before travelling to Coventry on Friday, May 20 then hosting the Bees the very next night.
Swindon: Jason Doyle 15, Rohan Tungate 10, Nick Morris 8+1, Justin Sedgmen 7, Josh Grajczonek 6+2, Charles Wright 3+1, Stefan Nielsen 1.
Hammers: Kim Nilsson 11+1, Richard Lawson 8+1, Robert Mear 6, Andreas Jonsson 5, Lewis Kerr 4+2, Lewis Bridger 3, Piotr Swiderski 3.