Hammers tame the Lions
PUBLISHED: 08:53 27 June 2015 | UPDATED: 08:53 27 June 2015
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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 57 Leicester Lions 35
Lakeside Hammers cruised to their third straight home victory last night as they beat Leicester by a commanding score line.
The home side continued their recent form at the Arena Essex raceway and bounced back from Thursday’s night heavy away defeat with a 22 point win.
Lakeside came out the gate firing last night when they took the race advantage in all of the first four heats.
The new partnership of skipper Andreas Jonsson and Mikkel Bech pulled of a master class of over taking when Jason Doyle was in the lead and they managed to both go past the Australian grand prix either side to capture a 5-1 to start the meeting.
In heat two the lead was stretched even further early on as the reserves heat saw Adam Ellis ease to the checkered flag while his guest partner Ben Morley settled for third after battling hard but failing to catch Adam Roynon.
The next two heats saw the Hammers push on with a 5-1 race advantage coming from Edward Kennett and guest replacement Davey Watt, before Richard Lawson and Morley, got a 4-2 over Roynon and Wozniak.
Four races without a heat advantage must have spurred the Lions on, especially when Ellis was excluded from the re-run after coming off the bike, the re-run saw former Hammer Richie Worrall and his partner Simon Lambert pick up a 5-1 race advantage with Bech’s bike just making it across the line for a point.
The opposition went on to close the gap further in the following race, when their skipper Doyle gated from the inside, while his partner Piotr Swiderski went up the inside of Kennett to close the gap to six points.
Success didn’t last long with the Hammers hitting straight back with three race wins in a row, two of them being 5-1’s and the other being a 4-2, taking the score line to 35-19 after nine heats.
With Leicester once again chasing a big deficit they were forced into using a tactical ride with Doyle going out for double points, where the Hammers both made the gate, only to be stopped for a re-run after it was stopped for first bend bunching.
The race then had to be re-run again when Watt jumped at the starting line, third time lucky for heat 10, as it finally got under way with Doyle gating but couldn’t hold off the hard chasing Watt when he fired himself past just before the final lap for 4-4.
Lakeside then went on to shut the door on any hope Leicester might have had, with three 4-2 race advantages to win the meeting, and take a 22 point lead in the final two heats of the night.
Heat 14 didn’t get any better for the opposition, as British pairing of Lawson and Kennett team rode their way, after Edward found his round Wozniak to get into second place.
The line-up for heat 15 saw the home side put Lawson and Jonsson out against the Lions Doyle and former Hammer Swiderski.
But, the final heat saw AJ come off the bike on the bend when he pushed out wide by fellow grand prix star Doyle, although it was an easy decision for the referee to put all four back in the re-run.
Third time round after an unsatisfactory start, it went in favour of Leicester when they picked up their third race win of the night, when Doyle made the gate from the inside with the Lakeside chasing hard before Swiderski found the dirt line pasting them both for a 5-1 to the opposition.
Hammers: Jonsson 12 (5), Bech 7+1 (4), Kennett 6+1 (4) Lawson 12 (5), Watt 8+2 (4), Ellis 6+1 (4), Morley 6 (4)
Lions: Doyle 13 (5), Worrall 5 (4), Walasek 0 (3), Wozniak 2 (4), Swiderski 6+1 (5), Lambert 2+1 (4), Roynon 7 (5)