Hammers maintain impressive home record. 21st April 2018
21st APRIL 2018
Lakeside Hammers opened their Championship campaign with a comprehensive 56-34 victory against the visiting Redcar Bears at the Essex Raceway on Friday.
Hammers provided 14 out of the 15 heat winners on the night with Nick Morris 12 and Captain Richard Lawson 11+1 picking up paid maximums. It was also an impressive night for the top five riders of Hammers who all scored paid double figures for the evening.
Hammers took the opening heat with a 4-2 compliments of Morris and Ben Morley. By the end of the third heat Hammers had their first 5-1 of the night thanks to Kyle Newman and Adam Ellis. Hammers pulled of another 5-1 heat advantage in the sixth heat when the pairings of Morris and Morley teamed up for a 1-2. With the hosts leading by 10 points after the eighth heat, the Bears decided to use their tactical substitution of the night when Tobias Busch was replaced by Ben Barker. The substitution worked with Barker leading from the front to hold on for Bears first heat win of the night and Newman and Ellis packing in for the 2nd and 3rd place in the heat.
Hammers immediate response was to gain another 5-1 heat advantage, thanks to Morris and Morley. Lawson grabbed his third win of the night in the next heat with Zach Wajtknecht claiming a point. There was still time for the hosts to bang in another 5-1 in Heat 13 when Morris and Lawson came home first and second.
The only downside on a very impressive Hammers performance was a quiet night for reserve Alfie Bowtell who struggled all night and failed to pick up a single point in his three programmed rides.
Bowtell aside, Hammers proved once again that they will prove very hard to beat on home shale, and any side that comes to the Raceway will have to race out of their skins to beat a very strong Lakeside unit.
On Saturday Hammers sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the Championship Shield after snatching a 45-44 win at Ipswich, thanks to last heat hero Nick Morris.