Lakeside Hammers win last-heat decider
PUBLISHED: 09:49 29 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:50 29 May 2016
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Elite League: Leicester 44 Lakeside Hammers 46
Lakeside Hammers produced some last-heat heroics as they snatched a dramatic away win over Leicester at Beaumont Park last night.
The Vortex Hammers completed a quickfire double over the Lions with a battling display just 24 hours after their crushing 66-26 victory when the sides met at the Arena-Essex Raceway.
The Purfleet outfit led for the majority of the meeting, but were pegged back as the home side raced to successive 5-1s in heats eight and nine.
The two sides entered the final race level, but Hammers guest Craig Cook roared to victory and skipper Andreas Jonsson blasted into third place to ensure the visitors snatched victory.
It was a gutsy performance from the high-flying Hammers and promoter Jon Cook was full of praise for the character shown by his side.
Cook said: “The meeting was on a knife-edge throughout, so we were delighted to get over the line and get the win in the last race.
“Craig Cook was an absolutely superb guest for us and with AJ he did the business in the last race, which was superb.
“We weren’t at our best, we perhaps had a win that was too easy on Friday night, and we made hard work of it.
“Fair play to Leicester, they made things hard for us, but the boys got the job done when the chips were down and we are delighted to get an away win.”
Cook top-scored for the visitors with 11+1, while Grand Prix star Jonsson also notched paid double figures.
Richard Lawson bagged an important nine points in the number three spot as Lakeside won the battle of the heat-leaders.
Leicester skipper Nicolai Klindt struck a stunning, seven-ride paid maximum at reserve for the hosts, but the Hammers ran just six last places with a strong all-around team display.
Having continued their confident start to the season with two tremendous wins, the Vortex Hammers will face a tough test as they host in-form Wolverhampton in front of the Sky TV cameras on Wednesday (8pm).
Lions: Nicolai Klindt 20+1, Patrick Hougaard 9+2, Josh Auty 6+2, Aaron Summers 5, Davey Watt 4, Chris Widman 0, Szymon Wozniak r/r.
Hammers: Craig Cook 11+1, Andreas Jonsson 9+1, Richard Lawson 9, Edward Kennett 5+1, Lewis Kerr 4+3, Lewis Bridger 4+1, Robert Mear 4.