At The Arena Essex Raceway
Lakeside Hammers vs Eastbourne Eagles
The Lakeside Vortex Hammers won 55-41 on the Good Friday double header against Eastbourne Eagles and claim another three points.
The “Hammers” now make it four consecutive home victories and continue their 100% home record and maintain top spot in the Elite League.
The home side got off to a great start with experienced Peter Karlsson as he won heat one occupied in second by Mikkel Bech to take second and take a 5-1.
Heat two was squared as young Adam Ellis had a dropped chain on lap two as Southend star Ben Morely won the heat with heat three also being levelled as captain Dave Watt won.
Adam Ellis crashed in heat four as Daniel Halsey caused Ellis to fall and collide with the barrier but Ellis brushed himself down and raced in the re-run to take a point with Richard Lawson’s heat win.
In heat five “The Hammers” extended their lead as Karlsson won another heat with Lewis Bridger in second to put the home side 20-10 in front.
The visitors took advantage of the tactical ride in heat six as Cameron Woodward won the heat with Watt and Lawson coming in 2nd and 3rd giving “The Eagles” a 6-3 heat win.
Bech and Watt claim heat wins in seven and eight to take both heats 4-2 and push out to a 31-20 lead.
The home side had the meeting virtually wrapped up after heat nine and ten both with 5-1 wins as Ellis restored his confidence as he won his heat and Karlsson again won the next, stretching the lead to 41-22.
Although the visitors again used the tactical ride well taking an 8-1 in heat 11 as Bjarne Pedersen and Mikkel Michelsen took 1st and 2nd.
Bech was in superb form as he won heat 12 to split the heat 3-3 and left the meeting to be whisked off to Denmark to race later that evening.
Lakeside Hammers clinched the victory in heat 13 with another 5-1 from Karlsson supported by Bridger making the score 50-34.
The away side took the final two heats as Michelsen won heat 14 but Lawson and Morely squared the heat. The final heat was won by Pedersen and Woodward to claim a consolation 4-2 and end the meeting at 55-41.
Lakeside Hammers travelled down to Eastbourne that evening without Mikkel Bech but took a valuable point despite Eastbourne who won 48-42.
The Lakeside Hammers next fixture is at home next Friday evening to Swindon Robins at Arena Essex.
Lakeside Hammers: 55
1. Peter Karlsson — 2′,3,3,3,2 = 13+1
2. Mikkel Bech — 3,3,2′,3 = 11+1 Paid Maximum
3. Davey Watt — 3,2,3,0,0 = 8
4. Richard Lawson — 3,1′,1,2 = 7+1
5. Lewis Bridger — 0,2′,1,2′ = 5+2
6. Adam Ellis — R,1,3,0 = 4
7. Ben Morley — 3,1,2′,1′ = 7+2
Eastbourne Eagles: 41
1. Bjarne Pedersen — 1,0,6!,1,3 = 11
2. Timo Lahti — 0,2,2,2 = 6
3. Joonas Kylmakorpi — 1′,1,R,0 = 2+1
4. Mikkel Michelsen — 0,2,2′,3 = 7+1
5. Cameron Woodward — 2,6!,1,0,1 = 10
6. Ben Hopwood (G) — 1′,0,0 = 1+1
7. Daniel Halsey — 2,Fx,1,1′,0 = 4+1