Saturday, April 7, 2012
Good Friday for Elite League outfit
Lakeside Hammers celebrated home and away wins against Elite League rivals Eastbourne yesterday.
Davey Watt dropped just a single point in a 55-36 success on home shale in the afternoon.
And captain Lee Richardson — paid for 14 points at Purfleet — scored 13 from five rides as Hammers won the evening return at Arlington by a 51-45 margin.
Swede Kim Nilsson was paid for 15 at home and paid for a dozen in Sussex to complete a productive day at reserve.
The home meeting turned into a spicy affair, after Rob Mear crashed with Lukas Dryml in the very first heat.
Mear was involved in another incident with Cameron Woodward in heat five, before hitting the dirt himself later in the meeting.
And he proved a thorn in the Eagles side later in the day, partnering Peter Karlsson and Watt to a trio of maximums in a paid 10 tally which went a long way to helping secure victory.
Co-promoter Stuart Douglas said: “All of the lads really want to be here and make this a special year and the determination was best summed up by Robert.
“We are already showing we are more than just a three-man team and as Robert and Kim gain more experience we will improve further.”
Jon Cook added: “Six points on a day when other fancied teams won away was crucial.
“I’d like to give great credit to Neil Vatcher in his choice of Kyle Howarth to guest. Kyle and his pit crew were a pleasure to have on board. He’s a great prospect for Britain.”
Hammers return to action next Friday, when Peterborough Panthers visit Purfleet.