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Hurry Stoke-d by Lakeside Hammers win

PUBLISHED: 07:52 28 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:52 28 May 2017

Lakeside Hammers Zach Wajtknecht (pic Jacob Ranson)

Lakeside Hammers Zach Wajtknecht (pic Jacob Ranson)

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Experienced rider helps clinch away success

Lakeside Hammers pulled off an impressive 46-42 away win against National League rivals Stoke at Loomer Road on Saturday night.

The Vortex Hammers prevailed in a tight meeting thanks to a determined display from their new-look septet.

Their top three led them to victory, as Zach Wajtknecht, Ben Morley and new signing Paul Hurry all bagged double figures.

It was an excellent debut for Hurry as he notched 10+1 and he was delighted with their success in his first competitive appearance.

He said: “We got off to a bit of a slow start, because the track was a bit different to what the boys are used to at Lakeside.

“But once everyone got dialled in, we performed well, and it was a really good result.

“It was a great effort from anyone. Any away win is a good result and we’re pleased to come away with three points.”

Although their top order delivered vital race wins, reserve Nick Laurence also chipped in with a pivotal 8+1 point haul.

Jamie Couzins also contributed a hard-fought paid four, and although Alfie Bowtell and guest Alex Spooner struggled the visitors came out on top.

Hammers are now gearing up for another tough test on home shale as they host Cradley on Sunday (3pm).

They will hope to continue their perfect home record against the historic Heathens and Hurry wants them to pick up from where they left off against Stoke, but says they must work hard.

He added: “We should be feeling confident after the win at Stoke, so we’ll be looking for another home win.

“It will be a tough test, but if the young lads are happy then they should ride well and get results at home.”

Hammers will be at full strength, with Spooner again stepping in as guest to accomodate the inclusion of Hurry.

Cradley include big names Danny Ayres and Tom Perry in their side.

Scorers, Stoke: Luke Priest 9+1, Mitchell Davey 9, Ryan Terry-Daley 7+1, Shaun Tedham 7, Ben Woodhull 6+1, Tony Atkin 4+2, David Speight 0.

Hammers: Zach Wajtknecht 13, Ben Morley 11+1, Paul Hurry 10, Nick Laurence 8+1, Jamie Couzins 3+1, Alfie Bowtell 1+1, Alex Spooner 0.

Teams, Hammers: Wajtknecht, Spooner (G), Hurry, Bowtell, Morley, Couzins, Laurence.

Cradley: Danny Ayres, Ryan Burton, Dan Greenwood, Luke Harris, Tom Perry, Conor Dwyer, Joe Lawlor.

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