Pirates sink Hammers

PUBLISHED: 07:57 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 07:57 09 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: Poole 53 Hammers 39

Lakeside Hammers returned empty handed from the south coast as the Pirates maintained their fine home form at Wimborne Road last night.

The defending Elite League champions made it 14 matches unbeaten on their own shale, stretching back to May 2014, despite another impressive performance from Lakeside’s Richard Lawson.

Lawson had two race wins in a paid 15 tally, which included a double-point ride, but Hammers could not hold onto an early lead as Chris Holder, Maciej Janowski and Kyle Newman all finished with double-digit scores for the home side.

Pirates earned advantages in the opening two heats of the night to move 9-3 up, but Hammers hit back to level at 15-15 as Lawson, Edward Kennett and Kim Nilsson all took chequered flags.

Jonsson and Lawson then combined for a heat six maximum to give the visitors the lead, but their joy was shortlived as Poole replied in stunning fashion with four successive 5-1s to go 36-14 up,

Lawson came out for a tactical ride in heat 11, but could not find a way past Holder and had to settle for second as the gap was trimmed by two points.

Honours were shared in the next two races as Newman and Lawson took the wins, before Dakota North claimed his sole victory of the meeting ahead of team-mate Kacper Gomolski in a Poole 5-1.

Lawson followed Janowski home as the heat 15 spoils were shared, but Hammers will hope for better at Swindon tonight.

Poole: Chris Holder 10+1 (4), Josh Grajczonek 6+1 (4), Dakota North 5+1 (5), Kacper Gomolski 7+1 (4), Maciej Janowski 12+1 (5), Paul Starke 1 (3), Kyle Newman 12+2 (5).

Hammers: Andreas Jonsson 6+1 (5), Kim Nilsson 4 (4), Mikkel Bech 3+1 (4), Edward Kennett 5 (4), Richard Lawson* 14+1 (5), Adam Ellis 6+1 (5), Ashley Birks 1+1 (3).

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