Speedway: Lakeside Hammers cruise to a comfortable win away to Redcar Bears
PUBLISHED: 08:11 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 25 May 2018
Championship: Redcar Bears 37 Lakeside Hammers 53
Lakeside Hammers recovered from a nightmare start to power to a 53-37 win at Redcar in the first match of their mini Northern tour.
Such a scoreline looked unlikely when the Hammers trailed 2-10 after two races, and they suffered a further blow when Ben Morley was withdrawn following a Heat 5 crash.
But with their heat-leaders in dominant form thereafter, the Purfleet side turned on the style to notch their first away victory in the Championship.
Adam Ellis was their first heat winner but they still trailed by six when Morley tangled with Jonas B Andersen, with the Bears rider disqualified but Morley unable to continue due to a wrist injury.
However Nick Morris – who had retired from Heat 1 – partnered impressive reserve Zach Watjknecht to a 5-1 in the re-run to put the Hammers right back in contention.
Redcar led 25-23 after eight races but Richard Lawson surged past Tobias Busch on the last lap of Heat 9 for a match-levelling 4-2, and although Ellis touched the tapes in Heat 10 the visitors still went in front with a fine ride by Kyle Newman to see off Ben Barker with Ellis grabbing third from Theo Pijper.
The Hammers quickly built on that advantage with another 5-1 from Morris and Wajtknecht in Heat 11, whilst Ellis kept the ball rolling by winning a shared Heat 12 when the Bears deployed Barker for a tactical substitute outing.
And the visitors then went into overdrive to seal an empathic victory with back-to-back maximums in Heats 13 and 14 – first when Morris and Lawson raced clear of Barker and Matej Kus; and then with a smart Newman ride to get the better of Jordan Stewart and Mikkel B Andersen at the end of the first lap, whilst Wajktnecht controlled matters up-front.
Ellis, who dropped his only points with his tapes infringement, then inflicted more misery on the Bears by winning Heat 15 with Lawson passing Stewart for third place.
Manager Will Pottinger said: “We responded really well to what was really a disastrous start in the first two heats, and we won nearly every race after that.
“The boys did a great job and we’re more than happy with the four league points from a convincing win away from home – it’s just a shame about Ben getting hurt.
“It felt like the lads found their gating gloves after a ride each, but I was always pretty confident that might be the case. There was no panic after going down early – we know the team are good enough to come back.
“It’s always quite satisfying when the home team has to use a tactical substitute on their own track, and it was a really good all-round performance from us.”
REDCAR 37: Ben Barker 10+1, Jordan Stewart 8+1, Mikkel B Andersen 6, Theo Pijper 4+2, Matej Kus 4, Tobias Busch 3, Jonas B Andersen 2.
LAKESIDE 53: Adam Ellis 13, Zach Wajktnecht 11+2, Richard Lawson 11+1, Nick Morris 9, Kyle Newman 7+1, Alfie Bowtell 1+1, Ben Morley 1.