Mixed bag of results for Lakeside Hammers

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First published in Sport

SPEEDWAY: ALTHOUGH Monday night’s away clash with the Belle Vue Aces saw the match rained off with Belle Vue ahead, Lakeside Hammers had already scooped the home leg.

Hammers saw off the Belle Vue Aces on Friday with a 59-31 victory.

But it was a meeting which saw home skipper Davey Watt taken to hospital nursing an ankle injury, after a heat 15 crash.

The Aces started in a determined manner, with Scott Nicholls and former Hammer Richie Worrall providing the challenge.

But in the first of the Fast track reserve races, the Hammers pairing of Adam Ellis and Ben Morley recorded an impressive maximum heat.

This was quickly followed by a further 5-1 to the Hammers in heat three, in a race which saw both Lewis Bridger and Hammers guest Danny King pick their way past their rivals.

A re-run of heat four saw Kim Nilsson lead from the gate, but pick up unexpected grip on the second bend, to earn an exclusion after hitting the second bend airfence. In the third running, Morley found himself squeezed out on the first bend, but then produced a fantastic ride to pass both Nielsen and then Worrall.

Hammers dominate for several of the latter heats as they pushed ahead.

Davey Watt notched up another victory in heat 13, before the Aces managed a heat advantage of their own in the the penultimate race of the evening.

With the meeting won and three league points gathered, the Raceway then fell silent as Davey Watt picked up extra drive on the second bend, flipping his bike and sustaining an ankle injury, despite Robson skillfully laying his machine down.

MONDAY night’s abortive trip to Belle Vue was cut short, with the result standing at a 42-33 win for the home side.

IN A change to the Hammers fixture list, the Vortex Lakeside Hammers will now entertain the Poole Pirates in front of the Sky Cameras on Monday September 1. The Pirates are returning to the Raceway on Friday the September 5.

September 12th is now a reserved date, with the planned meeting between the Arena Essex Hammers and the Kent Kings to be rescheduled.

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