Hard earned point for Hammers
PUBLISHED: 07:47 10 April 2015 | UPDATED: 07:47 10 April 2015
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Elite League: Swindon 47 Lakeside Hammers 43
Lakeside Hammers returned from Wiltshire with a hard-earned Elite League point against the Robins last night.
Captain Andreas Jonsson led the way with an 11-point haul, while Mikkel Bech and Edward Kennett showed returns to form and guest Steve Boxall contributed well at reserve.
But the home side had former captain Hans Andersen – one of four guest riders in their line-up – to thank as the Dane, deputising for injured Adrian Miedzinski, scored a decisive 14 points in a fast-starting display to help seal victory.
Andersen held off Jonsson in the first race of the night and Lewis Blackbird won the reserves race ahead of Boxall as the hosts built an early 8-4 lead.
Kennett and Boxall combined for a heat four maximum to level things up and honours were even over the next three races, won by Kyle Howarth, Jonsson and Andersen.
But Robins claimed a 5-1 in a rerun heat eight, through Zengota and Blackbird over Kim Nilsson and Boxall, to edge ahead once more.
Kennett and the busy Boxall hit back with a Hammers advantage to close the gap to two points, but Scott Nicholls and Nick Morris raced away for a 5-1 for Robins in heat 10 as Jonsson was pinned to the inside.
Andersen zipped away from the tapes to win the next, as Howarth followed Bech home to extend Swindon’s lead to eight points, and Blackbird won a shared heat 12 to leave Hammers no closer.
Bu Jonsson inflicted a first defeat of the night on Andersen in heat 13 and Richard Lawson found a way past Nicholls to trim the deficit and keep hopes alive.
Bech and Kennett made the gate to set up a heat 14 maximum, only for Morris to find a way into second place to restrict the damage on Swindon.
But Jonsson and Bech did enough in the last race of the night to ensure Hammers earned some reward for their efforts, despite Andersen coming through to take the chequered flag for the fourth time.
The two sides meet again at the Arena Essex Raceway tonight, racing starts at 8pm.
Swindon: Andersen 14 (5); Howartth 7 (4); Morris 5+2 (4); Zengota 6 (4); Nicholls 6 (4); Perry 1 (4); Blackbrd 8+1 (4).
Hammers: Jonsson 11 (5); Nilsson 3 (4); Bech 9+2 (5); Kennett 9 (4); Lawson 2+1 (4); Ellis 2+2 (3); Boxall 7+1 (5).
Mikkel Bech: “Happy with today’s performance. Still stuff to work with. But we getting closer. Good with a point for the team!”
Kim Nilsson: Hard work tonight! Speed is not everything in speedway. Gotta get out of the gate too. Another day tomorrow but at least we got a point.”
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