Valuable point for Lakeside but Hammers left to sweat on Karlsson injury
PUBLISHED: 22:40 28 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:56 28 August 2013
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Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 48 Lakeside Hammers 42
Lakeside Hammers picked up a good point at King’s Lynn as their play-offs hopes were extended, but may have to do so without number one Peter Karlsson.
The Hammers started postiively and lead by eight after six heats, but King’s Lynn came strong and moved into the lead, only for Lakeside to keep plugging away and duly pick up a point for their efforts.
But the main worry will be the fitness of Karlsson, who was brought down in heat 15 after Rory Schlein collided with Piotr Swiderski, leaving the Swede with nowhere to go.
He was taken away in a county ambulance and the club are currently awaiting to hear the full extent of his injuries.
After a shared opening heat Lakeside got just the start they needed when reserve duo Kevin Doolan and Richard Lawson sped away to a heat maximum.
An all action heat three saw all four riders in close proximity but former Hammer Richie Worrall just managed to take the chequered flag ahead of Lewis Bridger.
Hammers skipper Davey Watt and King’s Lynn’s Rory Schlein took a tumble in heat four where the former had to be checked over by the paramedics before contesting the re-run which was the third shared heat of the night with Schlein taking the win.
But the Hammers began to turn the screw with two heat advantages courtesy of wins for top two Karlsson and Watt, which put them in the box seat with a 22-14 lead.
However, just as they did look to be getting on top, the hosts upped their game and three maximums in succession swung the meeting back in favour of the Stars, who now led 29-25 after heat nine.
Neil Vatcher’s side stemmed the tide with Piotr Swiderski and Bridger packing in for the minor placings in heat 10. Watt and Karlsson followed suit in the next heat as Schlein took the win, and despite a victory for Swiderski in heat 12, Doolan was overtaken by home skipper Mads Korneliussen as the Aussie ran a last place.
When it mattered most Watt and Karlsson succumbed to a home 5-1 against guest Tai Woffinden and Schlein, though the former may well have been suffering from his earlier crash.
However, Lawson has often come up trumps for the Hammers late on in meetings and he kept them in with a chance of a point by winning heat 14 ahead of Worrall and Bridger in third to leave the score at 45-39 with just a heat to go.
Then came the Karlsson incident, and with Schlein excluded for causing the crash, Swiderski and reserve replacement Lawson secured a share of the spoils as the Hammers came back with a point.
King’s Lynn (number of rides): Woffinden 13+1 (5), Bjerre 0 (3), Korneliussen 6+1 (4), Worrall 8 (4), Schlein 11+1 (5), Porsing 7 (5), Smith 3+2 (4).
Lakeside: Karlsson 6+2 (4), Swiderski 8+2 (6), Bridger 5+1 (5), Watt 8, Doolan 5+1 (5), Lawson 10+1 (5)
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