Lakeside savaged by Wolves

PUBLISHED: 21:32 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 21:45 20 April 2015

Richard Lawson of the Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Richard Lawson of the Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Elite League: Wolverhampton Wolves 52 Lakeside Hammers 38

Lakeside Hammers continued their struggles away from home this season as the Wolverhampton started slow before hitting form in the second half of the meeting at Monmore Green.

The Hammers started off very brightly taking the lead to start and Wolves were left panicking before the home side shut the visitors out not allowing them to have a race winner after heat six.

The first heat was a flying start for the Hammers as the duo both made it to the first bend ahead of the Wolved duo which looked like a great start, until Ricky Wells managed to split the Lakeside pairing when he found his way past guest Jason Doyle, while Kim Nilsson flew out in front.

Hammers got another 4-2 heat advantage in heat two, as Adam Ellis made a jet propelled start out the gate, partner James Wright managed to secure third.

Wolverhampton responded to their slow start with a flying start in the third heat.

When Tobiasz Musielak lost control and just hung on to the bike, letting the Hammers duo through but the Young Pole did not give up as he found his way past Mikkel Bech to get the home side their first race advantage.

The fourth heat saw Ellis fly out the gate after he was brought in for Wright who broke the tape first time round, the reserve could not hang on to the lead as former Hammer Peter Karlsson flew round the outside, to make it a stalemate 3-3.

Lakeside lost the lead for the first time on the night, as Well made the gate while his partner Lewis Blackbird had to do it the hard way, going underneath Nilsson on the back straight.

The score was tied back up in heat six when guest replacement for Andreas Jonsson, Jason Doyle won the heat, as partner Lawson squeezed Karlsson wide for a 4-2 race win.

The best race of the night came in heat seven, where there was plenty of overtaking as Bech hunted down Wolves Skipper Freddie Lindgren, as they exchanged positions round the Monmore Green track for a 3-3 when the Swede took the checkered flag.

Wolverhampton broke clear going into heat 11 with an eight point gap over the Hammers after three successive race advantages.

Lakeside could not gain any points back in heat 11, as Lindgren pushed Bech out on the first bend allowing Wells and Lawson to fly up the inside, before Bech came past the Wolves Skipper to keep the gap at eight.

The Hammers failed to close the gap in heat 12 or 13 as they only could manage to keep the score line at eight points with two consecutive 3-3’s.

Not even with a great ride in heat 13 from Doyle, who masterminded a well timed switch up the inside of Thorsell but neither him or his partner Lawson could catch Lindgren.

An unlucky start for the away outfit in heat 14, when Edward Kennett did not move from the starting line, leaving Bech to charge hard but could not find his way past Wolves legend Karlsson.

Lakeside went in to the final heat of the night in need of a 5-1 race win after they fell 10 points behind in heat 14.

The final heat saw the pairing of Doyle and Lawson take on Wells and Lindgren, where Wolves denied the Hammers of a point on the evening by stretching their lead to 14 points, as they team rode to a 5-1.

Wolverhampton: Lindgren 9 (5), Wells 12+2 (5), Musielak 7 (4), Karlsson 9 (4), Thorsell 4 (4), Blackbird 11+1 (5), Bates 0 (3)

Lakeside: Doyle 7+1 (5), Nilsson 6 (4), Bech 6 (4), Kennett 3+2 (4), Lawson 7+1 (5), Ellis 6+1 (5), Wright 3 (3)

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