SPEEDWAY: Lakeside suffered last-gasp heartache as they were beaten 49-41 at the Isle of Wight.
The Vortex Hammers were denied a consolation point in a heat 15 decider as Ben Morley fell while looking to split Warriors’ duo Liam Carr and James Cockle.
It meant the visitors left Smallbrook empty handed – and team boss Kelvin Tatum admitted they were frustrated not to earn any National League points.
Said Tatum: “To go down to the last race four points down and end up not getting anything is quite frustrating.
“Unfortunately there was a big advantage on gates one and three because of the track being slippery, and as hard as our two boys tried in the last race it was very hard to overtake. It was always going to be about the start and their two riders made it out of the gate.
“We put up a brave fight and there were plenty of positives, but it’s a shame we couldn’t come away with a point.”
Zach Wajtknecht top scored for the Hammers with a 14-point haul, Alfie Bowtell hit double figures, while George Hunter Morley and reserve duo Nick Laurence and Jamie Couzins fought hard to contribute points.
The Vortex Hammers will be back in action on Friday at home against Mildenhall, beginning at 8pm.
Lakeside: Zach Wajtkencht 14, Alfie Bowtell 10+1, George Hunter 7+2, Ben Morley 5+1, Jamie Couzins 3+1, Nick Laurence 2, David Mason r/r.