Morley maximum leads Lakeside Hammers to victory

PUBLISHED: 07:49 06 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:49 06 May 2017

Ben Morley (red) in racing action for Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell)

Ben Morley (red) in racing action for Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell)

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Lakeside Hammers 49 Belle Vue Colts 41

Star man Ben Morley struck a stunning 15-point maximum as Lakeside edged their way to a last-heat victory over Belle Vue at the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday night.

Morley went unbeaten from five rides and played the heat 15 hero as the Vortex Hammers battled to a hard-fought triumph.

It was a night to remember for the Purfleet outfit in their first home meeting in the Travel Plus National League.

And team boss Kelvin Tatum was delighted with the performance of his side.

He said: “We were under no illusions that they would be a good side and that proved to be the case.

“Fortunately we managed to come out on top in a last-heat decider, and that was a great result for us.

“It was a tough meeting but we managed to get the job done, and we’ll look forward to our next meeting now.”

Heat leader Zach Wajtknecht suffered just one defeat for the hosts as their top two powered them to victory.

David Mason and Alfie Bowtell delivered solid scores in the engine room of the side, whilst Nick Laurence also provided a race win.

And although George Hunter and Jamie Couzins struggled to make a major impact, they contributed a couple of points apiece to see their side over the line in a tight encounter.

Hammers head to Belle Vue for a return meeting on Wednesday, before visiting Isle of Wight a day later.

Hammers: Ben Morley 15, Zach Wajtknecht 12+1, Alfie Bowtell 7, David Mason 6+2, Nick Laurence 5, George Hunter 2, Jamie Couzins 2.

Belle Vue: 41vKyle Bickley 12+1, Ben Hopwood 11, Dan Bewley 6, Jack Smith 4+3, Andy Mellish 4+1, Lee Payne 4+1, Luke Woodhull 0.

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