Heavy defeat for Hammers

PUBLISHED: 09:55 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 20 August 2013

Lewis Bridger top scored for Lakeside Hammers in their defeat at Peterborough (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Lewis Bridger top scored for Lakeside Hammers in their defeat at Peterborough (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Elite League: Peterborough 58 Lakeside Hammers 36

Lakeside Hammers were unable to strengthen their claim for a play-off place after suffering a heavy defeat against the Panthers last night.

The in-form hosts went into the meeting on the back of four successive wins, including victories at Swindon and Poole, and led by eight points after only three races.

Richard Lawson and Davey Watt hit back with a 5-1 in heat four, but Panthers took their lead into double figures over the course of the next two heats.

Lewis Bridger earned double points in heat seven, but only behind Joonas Kylmakorpi after Dakota North fell to make it 26-18.

But Peterborough doubled their advantage over the next three races to 16 points before tactical substitute Peter Karlsson followed Kylmakorpi home in a shared heat 11.

Piotr Swiderski and Kevin Doolan cashed when Norbert Kosciuch was excluded from the next race after a fall to register Lakeside’s second maximum of the evening, cutting the gap to 12.

But it proved a false dawn as Panthers pulled clear in the closing stages for a convincing margin of victory.

Panthers coach Ryan Sullivan said: “The boys are pretty dominant around here now.

“We’ve got the track working well for us, everyone is enjoying it and I think winning becomes a habit.”

Hammers remain in fourth place and host Poole in a crucial meeting on Friday.

Panthers: Bjerre 11+1, Fisher 7+1, Kosciuch 6+1, Buczkowski 14+1, Kylmakorpi 8+1, North 5, Hougaard 7+1.

Hammers: Karlsson* 8+1, Swiderski 5, Bridger* 9, Watt 8, Doolan 2+1, Lawson 4+2.

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