Hammers slip to late defeat

PUBLISHED: 07:44 02 August 2011

Peter Ljung and Kauko Nieminen (TGS)

Peter Ljung and Kauko Nieminen (TGS)

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Wolves bite back for victory

Elite League Speedway

Wolves 47 Lakeside Hammers 43

Lakeside Hammers let the chance of Elite League victory slip from their grasp at Wolverhampton last night.

After seeing the home side’s number one rider Freddie Lindgren forced out of the meeting following a first heat crash, play-off chasing Hammers got their noses in front in heat five.

And they held that two-point advantage until the penultimate race of the evening, when Tai Woffinden and Tyson Burmeister combined for a maximum against Kauko Nieminen and Kim Nilsson.

That left Wolves 43-41 up with one race to go and another advantage from Peter Karlsson and Woffinden, despite a forceful ride from Lee Richardson, gave the home side the win.

Hammers returned from Monmore Green with a consolation point, but will feel they might have had more.

Lindgren clipped the fence on the back straight in the very first outing and lost consciousness, before coming round again and being taken to hospital.

Ty Proctor won the re-run ahead of Peter Ljung and Richardson and the next two races were also shared.

Karlsson came from the back to pass guest Ben Barker, who was pushed to the line by Ricky Wells, as Wolves edged ahead, but a Ljung-Richardson maximum put Hammers 16-14 ahead.

Karlsson, who dropped just one point all night, combined with Burmeister to square the meeting once more, but Ljung and Nilsson helped Hammers regain the lead moments later.

The next five heats were shared, with Richardson and Nieminen taking chequered flags for the visitors, to leave the meeting on a knife edge going into the last two races.

But Wolves found some late bite to claim the honours, despite double-figure tallies from Barker, Richardson (both paid 11), Ljung (10) and Nieminen (paid 10).

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