Hammers hopes hit on home turf

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 June 2012

Troy Batchelor (yellow) and Peter Karlsson (red) battle for honours (Rob Newell/TGS)

Troy Batchelor (yellow) and Peter Karlsson (red) battle for honours (Rob Newell/TGS)

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Below-par display in front of TV cameras

Elite League

Lakeside Hammers 36 Swindon Robins 53

Hammers were hoping to get their Elite League title bid back on track on home shale last night.

Returning to league action after a 19-day break, they fought back well following Swindon’s strong start to level the meeting after heat nine.

But Lakeside’s luck deserted them in the closing stages and it turned into a meeting to forget as they fell to a heavy defeat in front of the live TV cameras.

Peter Karlsson ground to a halt when leading heat 11, handing Hans Andersen and Jason Doyle a maximum.

And the experienced Swede pulled up again in the next race, which was awarded to Swindon as a 5-0 after Robert Mear was excluded for bringing down Doyle.

The visitors claimed heat advantages in the next two races as well, extending their lead to 17 points, before Karlsson took the chequered flag in an exciting shared heat 15.

But that closing victory proved little consolation on a disappointing night for Jon Cook’s men.

Karlsson topped their scoring charts, despite those two retirements, while Mear added a paid 10 tally from reserve.

But captain Davey Watt was below-par, collecting just five points from his four rides as fellow Aussie Troy Batchelor dropped just a single point in five outings for Swindon.

Hammers will hope to bounce back quickly as they host Kings Lynn on Friday.

Hammers: Davey Watt 5 (4); Kauko Nieminen 7+1 (6); Peter Karlsson 10 (6); Kim Nilsson 2+2 (5); Richie Worrall 3+1 (3); Robert Mear 9+1 (6).

Robins: Hans Andersen 11+2 (5); Simon Stead 3+1 (3); Nick Morris 3 (3); Troy Batchelor 14 (5); Peter Kildemand 6 (4); Jason Doyle 13+2 (6); Robin Aspegren 3+1 (4).

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