Stars too high for Hammers
PUBLISHED: 22:21 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:38 01 April 2015
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Elite League: Kings Lynn Stars 58 Lakeside Hammers 34
Lakeside Hammers suffered a heavy defeat to one of the Elite League title favourites in their first away fixture of the season.
The Hammers were dominated throughout the meeting as they lost by 24 points with their first race winner not coming until heat 10.
The home side secured the victory with two heats to go after they took a 18-point lead to claim their first three points of the season.
The first heat of the night saw English youngster Robert Lambert make the gate and hold the lead the whole race, while Andreas Jonsson had a fight to hold on to second.
Niels Kristian-Iversen triedg the outside, but the Hammers skipper managed to shut the door.
The Stars made the gate again in the next race with high flying reserve Lewis Kerr zooming out the start before going on to take a commanding lead, leaving the action behind him.
Ashley Morris went up the inside of Ashley Birks, before Adam Ellis locked out to allow Morris to close the gap with Ellis just hanging on.
The Stars stretched their lead even further by posting a 4-2 in heat three, before Lakeside’s Edward Kennett stopped on the line leaving the work down to Birks, but he was unable to cause the Kings Lynn duo of Niklas Porsing and Morris any trouble as they cruised to a 5-1.
Heat five saw Kings Lynn’s Lewis Kerr throw away another potential 5-1 after throwing himself off the back of the bike, although the re-run saw his teammate Lambert fly out the start again to hold off with a 3-3.
Lakeside used their one and only tactical ride in heat six, but the decision backfired as elected rider Jonsson came in second.
The home side kept pulling clear of the meeting with a few more 5-1s, even though Porsing and Kerr were forced out of the meeting, leaving Lambert to come out for consecutive race wins.
The Hammers only managed their second heat advantage of the night in heat 10, as the Swedish skipper was the first Lakeside race winner of the night, with partner Kim Nilsson coming third to get a 4-2 race win.
It did not take too long before the Stars came out with another 5-1 in the next heat from Grand Prix star Iversen and the in-form 16-year-old Lambert to take their lead to 43-25.
A glimmer of hope came from the Hammers as their two young reserves Ellis and Birks returned the favour and gave Lakside their first maximum of the night to close the gap to 14 points.
The next two heats went back Kings Lynn’s way as the home side proved too strong for the Hammers squad around the Norfolk arena.
The final heat of the night saw Jonsson and Nilsson up against Lambert and Schlein, but the race had to be restarted as the tapes went up uneven at the start.
The 16-year-old Lambert proved to be the star of the night as he secured his first Elite League maximum, as his team rode to victory in the re-run with team-mate Schelin, giving Lakeside a bad start to their away campaign.
Stars: Iversen 10 (4), Lambert 16+2 (6), Schelin 13+1 (5), Porsing 3 (withdrew), Bjere 5+2 (4), Kerr 3 (withdrew), Morris 8+1 (6)
Hammers: Jonsson 11 (5), Nilsson 4+1 (5), Bech 4 (4), Kennett 1 (4), Lawson 3+1 (4), Ellis 8+1 (4), Birks 3+1 (4).
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