Eagles clip Hammers wings

PUBLISHED: 08:45 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 08:45 26 June 2012

Lakeside Hammers captain Davey Watt looks on (Rob Newell/TGS)

Lakeside Hammers captain Davey Watt looks on (Rob Newell/TGS)

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Hopes hit in closing stages

Elite League

Eastbourne Eagles 51 Lakeside Hammers 39

Hammers returned empty-handed from the Sussex coast after a disappointing finale to last night’s meeting.

Trailing by only two points going into heat 13, Hammers conceded a maximum to Lewis Bridger and former Purfleet favourite Joonas Kylmakorpi.

And when referee Christina Turnbull called all four riders back in the penultimate race of the evening, after Eastbourne’s Timo Lahti had fallen at the first turn, the visitors saw the reprieved rider lead teammate Cameron Woodward to another 5-1 to clinch victory.

Hammers had started with a maximum of their own, thanks to Davey Watt and Kim Nilsson, before Robert Mear won a shared heat two.

Woodward was first across the line in the next before Mear and Kauko Nieminen put Hammers eight points up with another 5-1.

Eagles hit right back after Watt suffered mechanical problems and the points were split in the next two races.

Lukas Dryml and Lahti then got the hosts back on level terms at 24-24 in heat eight and a Kylmakorpi-Dryml maximum two races later put Eagles four points ahead.

Watt and Nilsson replied with a heat 11 advantage to keep Hammers in the hunt and Karlsson claimed his side’s sixth chequered flag of the contest as the gap remained at two.

But Eagles soared in the closing stages to widen the gap to a dozen and send Hammers back to Purfleet pointless.

Eagles: Joonas Kylmakorpi 9+1 (5); Lukas Dryml 6+1 (4); Simon Gustafsson 7 (4); Cameron Woodward 11+3 (5); Lewis Bridger 8 (4); Denis Gizatullin 1+1 (3); Timo Lahti 9+2 (5).

Hammers: Watt 9 (5); Nilsson 6+2 (5); Karlsson 11 (6); Nieminen 5+3 (5); Alex Davies (guest) 0 (3); Mear 8 (6).

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