Hammers hold slender advantage
PUBLISHED: 08:05 20 September 2011
Rob Newell c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions
Eagles one point adrift in play-off semi-final
Lakeside Hammers will take a one-point lead to Arlington next Monday after a 47-46 win over Eastbourne in their Elite League play-off semi-final last night.
Hammers began well at Purfleet, building a 10-point lead in the opening six heats thanks to race wins from Lee Richardson (2), Rob Mear, Stuart Robson, Peter Ljung and Jonas Davidsson.
But Lewis Bridger’s double-point success in a 7-2 in heat seven began the Eagles fightback.
Simon Gustafsson and Cameron Woodward added further race wins as the visitors slowly chipped away at Lakeside’s lead and helped Eastbourne move 44-43 up with one race to go.
Richardson and Davidsson combined for a 4-2 over Bjarne Pedersen in heat 15 to see Hammers to victory, both finishing with 12 points to their names.
But Eagles will have returned home happier after a battling effort, led by reserve Woodward, who was paid for 12 points.
Hammers: Richardson 12 (5), Ljung 7 (5), Robson 8+1 (5), Davidsson 12 (6), Mear 3 (4), Nilsson 5 (5).
Eagles: Pedersen 6 (5), Gustafsson 9+1 (5), Bridger* 10 (5), Kylmakorpi 6+2 (4), Woodward 11+1 (7), Lahti 4+2 (4).
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