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Pirates sink Hammers again

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:00 09 May 2015

Rory Schlein (red), Dakota North (white), Kim Nilsson (black & white) and Peter Karlsson (yellow) do battle as Lakeside Hammers take on Poole in the Elite League (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Rory Schlein (red), Dakota North (white), Kim Nilsson (black & white) and Peter Karlsson (yellow) do battle as Lakeside Hammers take on Poole in the Elite League (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 44 Poole Pirates 48

Vortex Lakeside Hammers fell to a sixth successive Elite League defeat, and their third on home shale this season, against defending champions Poole last night.

Former Hammers Davey Watt and Peter Karlsson returned to haunt their old club, helping the Pirates into a 16-point lead after 12 heats, before the home side saved some face with three consecutive maximums.

And co-promoter Jon Cook announced that the club will be holding a Fans Forum at Orsett Hall on Friday May 22 (8pm start), with free entry to all.

Watt and Chris Holder raced away from the tapes in heat one, before Kim Nilsson managed to claim second place and restrict the damage.

Lewis Blackbird and Paul Starke added a Poole 5-1 in the reserves race, after Adam Ellis went too wide at the second turn, before a re-run heat three ended all square as Mikkel Bech chased Karlsson to the line.

Hammers skipper Richard Lawson claimed their first win of the night in the next race and Nilsson took the chequered flag in heat five as Hammers cut the gap to two points.

But Karlsson and Watt combined for a Poole maximum and Dakota North and Kacper Gomolski chalked up another Pirates advantage as Edward Kennett spun out on the first lap of heat seven.

In-form Nilsson produced a superb ride in the next race, missing the gate but hunting down Gomolski and Blackbird for victory.

But Holder and Watt held off Bech as Kennett suffered more bike trouble in heat 10 as Pirates moved 36-24 up.

Swede Nilsson came out for a tactical ride in heat 11, but could not get past North and the points were shared as guest Rory Schlein suffered engine problems.

Blackbird and Starke’s 5-1 put Poole 45-29 ahead with three races to go, suggesting an embarrassingly heavy home loss might be on the cards for Hammers.

But Kennett and Schlein got the better over Karlsson and Watt, before Lawson and Bech made the gate to claim a maximum over North and Blackbird.

Although unable to avoid defeat by this stage, Hammers added some respectability to the final scoreline as Lawson and Nilsson saw off Holder and Karlsson in heat 15.

But Hammers have work to do to stop this losing run when they return to action at Wolverhampton on May 25.

Hammers: Rory Schlein 4+1 (4); Kim Nilsson* 14+1 (5); Mikkel Bech 5+1 (4); Richard Lawson 12 (5); Edward Kennett 4+1 (4); Adam Ellis 2+1 (4); Steve Boxall 3 (4).

Pirates: Davey Watt 7+2 (4); Chris Holder 10 (5); Dakota North 6 (4); Kacper Gomolski 2+1 (3); Peter Karlsson 8 (5); Paul Starke 4+2 (4); Lewis Blackbird 11 (5).

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