Ulamek injury dampens Hammers win over Eastbourne
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 August 2013
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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 56 Eastbourne Eagles 37
Lakeside moved back up into the Elite League play-offs with a comprehensive 56-37 win over local rivals Eastbourne.
But the win was tainted for the hosts as Sebastian Ulamek suffered a broken collarbone and a suspected broken pelvis in a heat six crash, which also saw Eagle and Hammers asset Kim Nilsson come away with a broken left ankle.
It had all started so well for the hosts as Ulamek and Karlsson stormed to an opening heat maximum.
Nilsson, released from the Hammers side earlier in the season, definitely had a point to prove and picked up a heat win, while Richard Lawson was unable to find a way past Timo Lahti as the Eagles pulled it back immediately.
However, Lakeside began to turn the screw and Bridger passed Simon Gustaffson for a home 4-2 in heat three, which was followed by two home maximums.
Watt and Lawson flew away from the gate in heat four, but the Hammers duo of Bridger and Swiderski had to come from the back to secure the maximum in heat five to move them 21-9 up on the night.
Then came the sour note of the night with Ulamek and Nilsson’s injuries as the pair clashed going into the first bend.
Medical treatment saw a lengthy delay to proceedings and after the incident there was a sombre atmosphere around the Raceway.
Karlsson won the re-run and in heat seven Watt and Doolan easily got the better of the poor Gustaffson and Mikkel Michelsen to extend their lead to 29-13.
Lahti hit back with a fine tactical win in heat eight, but partner Michelsen failed to produce as the Eagles could only gain a 6-3 advantage.
Eastbourne tried their luck again in the next with skipper Cameron Woodward and looked to be on course for a big maximum when both he and Lahti gated.
But it proved ineffective as Bridger and Swiderski came up trumps to pass the Aussie.
In a hit and miss night for the Aussie though, he won heat 10 but further shared heats in the next two saw the hosts almost home and hosed.
Bjarne Pedersen picked up his first win of the night in heat 13 and alongside Woodward helped them to only a third heat advantage and left the Hammers 46-35 in front.
But the hosts made sure there was no late revival with two maximums to end the meeting on a high, though it will always be tinged with sadness.
Lakeside (number of rides): Karlsson 13 (5), Ulamek 2+1 (1), Bridger 11+1 (5), Swiderski 8+3 (4), Watt 9 (4), Doolan 8+2 (5), Lawson 5+2 (6).
Eastbourne: Pedersen 8 (5), Michelsen 1+1 (5), Gustaffson 2+1 (5), Rider Replacement, Woodward 5+1 (6), Nilsson 5 (2), Lahti 16 (7).
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