The Lakeside Hammers end the league leaders King’s Lynn Stars 14 meetings unbeaten run with a 47-43 home victory at Arena Essex on Friday.
The Hammers came from an eight point deficit in heat six to overturn that into an eight point lead going in to the last heat.
The only consolation for the leaders was that they went back to Norfolk with a point which they picked up in the final heat.
Niels Kristian Iverson took heat one after he passed Richard Lawson off the first bend and the race win with stand-in captain Richard Lawson and Peter Karlsson following in second and third.
Adam Ellis lead off the first bend in heat two but Lewis Blackbird went by to take heat two with Ben Morely in third. Scott Nicholls guested for the away side and picked up three points in his first race as Rory Schlein followed for an early 7-11 lead.
King’s Lyn extended their lead to 15-9, as Blackbird stepped in and held off a great effort from The Hammers guest Ben Barker who had to settle for second. Heat five was split as Schlein won from the start as Karlsson and Lawson could not find a way round.
Nicholls gained his second win of the night and added to the Stars lead as Barker settled for second again as the visitors stretched their lead to eight points.
Lawson started The Hammers comeback in race seven as he held off Robert Lambert and Adam Ellis kept hold of third to draw the score back to within six. The real meeting changer was heat eight with Mikkel Bech and Barker’s 5-1 victory after Jan Graversen fell on the first bend which brought the score to 23-25.
Race nine was split after Blackbird beat Morely to the line with Ellis in third. The Hammers kicked on again and lead for the first time in the evening in heat ten as ‘The Awesome’ Richard Lawson with the victory and Bech held off Lambert all the way to the line and a two point advantage 31-29.
Karlsson increased the home side’s margin to four as he won race 11 but Iverson passed Bech to avoid the 5-1 which left the score at 35-31. Lawson and Morely reversed their eight point deficit to an eight point lead as Lawson allowed Morely to take the victory on the line.
The table toppers fought straight back with a 5-1 themselves as Iverson won and Nicholls supported in second after he passed Karlsson which brought the score to 41-37.
The Hammers were rewarded for their hard fight back with a guaranteed two home points going in to the final heat as guest Barker sped to victory followed by ‘Southend Sensation’ Ben Morely with the score at 46-38.
The final heat made sure The Stars went home with something to show for their efforts with an away point as Nicholls won another race with Iverson in support for second to complete the meeting at 47-43.
The Lakeside Vortex Hammers were delighted ending the away sides unbeaten run and finish the month unbeaten themselves. As they now have a deserved two week break until they welcome Wolverhampton Wolves to the Arena on the 5th of July.
Heat 01: Iversen, Lawson, Karlsson, Graversen 3-3 59.4
Heat 02: Blackbird, Ellis, Morley, Rose 3-3 6-6 60.1
Heat 03: Nicholls, Schlein, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 7-11 59.2
Heat 04: Blackbird, Barker, Graversen, Morley ret 2-4 9-15 60.3
Heat 05: Schlein, Karlsson, Lawson, Lambert 3-3 12-18 59.3
Heat 06: Re-run Nicholls, Barker, Iversen, Bech 2-4 14-22 59.0
Heat 07: Lawson, Lambert, Ellis, Rose 4-2 18-24 59.5
Heat 08: Bech, Barker, Schlein, Graversen frem 5-1 23-25 59.4
Heat 09: Re-run Blackbird, Morley, Ellis, Rose 3-3 26-28 60.3
Heat 10: Lawson, Bech, Schlein, Nicholls 5-1 31-29 59.3
Heat 11: Karlsson, Iversen, Bech, Lambert fell 4-2 35-31 60.1
Heat 12: Morley, Lawson, Blackbird, Graversen 5-1 40-32 61.1
Heat 13: Iversen, Nicholls, Karlsson, Barker 1-5 41-37 59.3
Heat 14: Barker, Morley, Blackbird, Lambert 5-1 46-38 59.8
Heat 15: Nicholls, Iversen, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 47-43 59.2