Lakeside’s late rally secures win over rivals Eastbourne
PUBLISHED: 11:11 19 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:25 19 July 2014
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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 47 Eastbourne Eagles 43
A late rally from Lakeside Hammers ensured they picked up a two-point home win as they battled their way past a defiant Eastbourne Eagles.
The hosts looked down and out with the Eagles 33-27 up with five heats to go, but they Hammers battled back and the visitors came up just short for the second away meeting in succession despite a paid 14 from Lewis Blackbird at reserve.
Lakeside didn’t really get going from the off and Richard Lawson’s night started as it meant to go on with a heat one exclusion for falling while at the back.
And skipper Davey Watt couldn’t find a way past Bjarne Pedersen in the re-run as the Eagles picked up a 4-2.
Blackbird stormed to victory in a shared heat two, before the Hammers missed out in a tight heat three.
Lewis Bridger and guest Rory Schlein effectively got in each others way when chasing former Hammer Joonas Kylmakorpi and that allowed Cameron Woodward to pass Schlein for an away 4-2.
Kim Nilsson got his second spell with the club underway with a fine win in heat four, but some clever team riding from Blackbird saw Ben Morley clamped up the inside, allowing Timo Lahti to pass round the young reserve.
Aussie duo Watt and Schlein worked to good effect in heat six as the Hammers pair swooped past Kylmakorpi to take a home 5-1 and level the scores at 15-15.
But the Eagles kept on impressing as the Hammers stuttered.
Back-to-back 5-1s from the Sussex outfit put them 25-17 up and the hosts were in real danger.
The maximums continued but after Bridger made a start and got away, Nilsson was able to come from last to second to reduce the arrears to 26-22.
Blackbird took an easy reserve heat win and Daniel Halsey was back in third with Adam Ellis struggling once again.
Watt and Lawson couldn’t stop Pedersen from winning heat 10 and the Hammers were staring down the barrel, with thunder and lightning on the horizon.
However, Schlein gated and a fine move up the inside from Bridger galvanised the hosts and a maximum saw them reduce the deficit to two at 34-32.
Lakeside generally struggle in heat 13 but Watt and Schlein combined again, with the former able to swoop past Pedersen to move the hosts in front for the first time on the night.
The resilient visitors never gave up though as Woodward’s heat 14 win in front of Nilsson and Morley ensured a final heat decider.
Watt raced out of the tapes as the rain started to fall, and Schlein managed to pass Woodward for a 4-2 final heat and secure the Hammers a 47-43 win which certainly didn’t look like just half an hour earlier.
Lakeside are back in action tonight when they travel to Leicester Lions. Schlein will once again guest for Mikkel Bech, who is in under-21 action in Italy.
Lakeside Hammers 47: Watt 12+1 (from 5 rides), Lawson 3+2 (4), Bridger 8+1 (4), Nilsson 7+1 (4), Schlein 9+1 (5), Morley 6+2 (5), Ellis 2 (3).
Eastbourne Eagles 43: Pedersen 12+1 (6), Lahti 7 (5), Kylmakorpi 4 (4), Woodward 7 (6), Blackbird 12+2 (5), Halsey 1 (4).
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