Lakeside Hammers vs Coventry Bees at Arena Essex in The Elite League
The Lakeside Vortex Hammers clinched all three points after a 51-44 victory over Coventry Bees last night and maintain their unbeaten home run at home despite a tense last few heats.
The Hammers stay top of the Elite League as they continue for their play-off aspirations come to the end of the season ahead of the chasing King’s Lyn.
The home side normally stretch out to early leads in their last home games but Hans Anderson had other ideas as he gated quickest and won heat one, to give the visitors a 4-2 lead as Fricke picked up a point.
Race two was key for The Hammers when it came to the final score as Jason Garrity for the visitors was flying but Steven Worrall was determined to peg him back. Coming off the last bend had the momentum and sneaked past him by a tires width to take a vital victory.
The home side then got going getting a 5-1 as Davey Watt set the fastest time of the season at Arena Essex of 58.8. Mikkel Bech then won the following heat to take a 4-2 as Ben Morely grabbed 3rd.
Heat five was probably race of the night as Peter Karlsson went past Ryan Fisher on lap 2 and steamed ahead to win. Lewis Bridger came from 3rd to take 2nd on the last bend as he gambled out wide round the outside and held it well to take another 5-1 to give the home side 19-11 lead.
Davey Watt secured another heat win in double quick time backed up by Bech to take a 4-2 but followed by Kenneth Hansen’s in the tactical ride to take a 5-3 heat despite Richard Lawson’s race win.
Watt secured his third heat win of the evening with Mikkel Bech once again aiding him in 2nd and Ben Morely secured another heat win for The Hammers as they took another 4-2.
Peter Karlsson was continuing his good vein of form with another 4-2 win as Ryan Fisher hit the barrier and stretched their lead to 39-23.
However the tactical ride again swung the meeting back into contention as Hans Anderson won race 11 to take a 7-2 win. Max Fricke then snatched race 12 and substituted Jason Garrity took 2nd to take a vital 5- to bring it back to 42-35.
Heat 13 and 14 were tense as the visitors won both with Anderson again and Hansen but The Hammers kept the heats level and were holding on to the points 48-41 as it stood.
The final heat had The Bees top scorer Hans Anderson win the final race of the night with the tense crowd willing on Peter Karlsson and Davey Watts to see off the visitors and did taking 2nd and 3rd to secure all three points for The Hammers.
Heat 01: Andersen, Karlsson, Fricke, Lawson. (2-4)…59.1
Heat 02: Worrall, Garrity, Sarjeant, Morley (Fell). (3-3)…5-7…61.6
Heat 03: Watt, Bridger, Harris, Fisher. (5-1)…10-8…58.8
Heat 04: Bech, Fricke, Morley, Sarjeant. (4-2)…14-10…59.7
Heat 05: Karlsson, Bridger, Fisher, Hansen. (5-1)…19-11…59.4
Heat 06: Watt, Andersen, Bech, Harris. (4-2)…23-13…58.9
Heat 07: Lawson, HANSEN, Garrity, Worrall. (3-5)…26-18…59.9
Heat 08: Watt, Bech, Fricke, Fisher. (5-1)…31-19…59.5
Heat 09 (Re-Run): Morley, Garrity, Worrall, Sarjeant. (4-2)…35-21…60.6
Heat 10: Karlsson, Harris, Lawson, Fisher (Fell). (4-2)…39-23…59.9
Heat 11: ANDERSEN, Bridger, Hansen, Watt. (2-7)…41-30…59.6
Heat 12: Fricke, Garrity, Lawson, Morley. (1-5)…42-35…60.7
Heat 13: Andersen, Karlsson, Bridger, Harris. (3-3)…45-38…59.8
Heat 14: Hansen, Bech, Morley, Garrity. (3-3)…48-41…60.0
Heat 15: Andersen, Karlsson, Watt, Hansen. (3-3)…51-44…59.8