Hammers stung at home by Bees
PUBLISHED: 08:31 02 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:31 02 May 2015
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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 42 Coventry Bees 47
Coventry Bees stung the Lakeside Hammers after winning the final heat 5-1 to take three points back to the Midlands.
The Hammers have now lost back-to-back home meetings after the Purfleet-based side were beaten by Wolverhampton last Friday.
The home side had a four-point lead going into the final two heats of the night, but lady luck turned against the Hammers as Mikkel Bech was excluded in the first run of heat 14 after crashing at turn two.
Richard Lawson had a great start to the re-run of the heat, but his engine blew on the second lap which allowed Daniel King – who rode for the Hammers late last year – to win the heat and secure a 5-0 victory.
This meant that for the second home meeting in succession the meeting would be decided by the final heat.
Coventry got off the line well and both riders were very aggressive into turn one, as Chris Harris forced Edward Kennett towards the wall on the exit of turn two. This forced Kennett to lift off and the Hammer was left at the back of the pack.
Fredrick Lindgren who was on great form a week ago and replaced Andreas Jonsson for this meeting was unable to mount a challenge to Harris in second, who trailed his teammate King to the chequered flag to secure three away points for the Bees.
Hammers rider Kim Nilsson felt the team could not have shown any more desire to win and he knows that himself and his team-mates will be fully focused ahead of their return meeting with Coventry on Monday.
“Everybody tried their hardest and that showed on the track. In heat 14 Richard’s engine blew while he was in the lead. We should have been leading by four points going into the final heat,” said Nilsson.
“We had a good start in the final heat, but we were unable to capitalise, but that is speedway. The important thing now is to refocus for Monday. We are going to go there and try to win and we are more than capable of winning.”
The Hammers got off to the best start to the meeting as both Nilsson and Lindgren were lightening off the gates. Both riders looked in great form as they left the two Coventry riders trailing their dust as they picked up a 5-1.
The ever impressive Jason Garrity won the reserve rider heat, but the Hammers turned to academy rider Marc Owens, who substituted Steve Boxall and had a solid ride, but was unable to score a point, allowing Coventry to take a 4-2 win.
The home side could have extended their advantage in the third heat as Kennett and Bech started well. Bech managed to overtake Harris with ease to take third place, but the Danish rider made a mistake on the last corner of the final lap to allow Harris back through.
The points were shared again in heat four thanks to a fantastic overtaking manoeuvre by King on the outside of turn three and four to get past Lawson.
And heat five was also shared, but the Hammers extended their advantage in heat six after a Lawson win.
Coventry immediately snatched two points back in heat seven with another King victory, but going into the second half of the meeting the home side had a two-point lead with the scores at 22-20.
The points were shared in heat eight before Coventry levelled the overall score with a 4-2 in heat nine as Garrity crossed the line first.
Heat 10 saw an amazing ride from Kennett, who overtook Hans Anderson to win, but it was only enough to share the points, as Bech brought up the rear of the field.
The Hammers took a step closer to winning the meeting in heat 11 with a maximum score, as Nilsson and Lindgren rode superbly to see off both Coventry riders.
And the next two heats saw the points shared with Owens picking up his first Elite League point to leave the Hammers with a four-point lead going into the final two heats with the score at 41-37.
The first run of heat 14 lasted two laps as Bech crashed by himself at turn two. This meant that Lawson had to finish in-between the two Coventry riders to give his side a comfortable lead going into the final heat.
Lawson had a great start to the rerun as he led the race coming out of the first bend, but dramatically his engine cut out on the second lap causing him not to finish and giving Coventry a 5-0 win and a point advantage going into the final heat.
The line-up for heat 15 saw Lindgren and Kennett sent out for the Hammers and Harris and King at the tapes for the Bees.
Both Coventry riders got away well, with King leading Harris after the first two bends.
Kennett got bogged down by the aggressive lines the Coventry duo took, which left him at the back of the pack, and Lindgren pushed hard to try and catch the pair.
But the Swedish rider was pushing too hard and made a mistake on the exit of turn two, leaving the Coventry duo to claim the maximum and victory.
The two sides meet again on Bank Holiday Monday and the Hammers need to bring some points back to Essex in order not to get left behind in the play-off chase at this early stage.
Freddie Lindgren (Guest) – 2*, 0, 2*, 0, 1 = 5+2
Kim Nilsson – 3, 3, 2, 3 = 11
Mikkel Bech – 0, 1, 0, FX = 1
Richard Lawson – 2, 3, 3, R = 8
Edward Kennett – 3, 2, 3, 3, 0 = 11
Adam Ellis – 2, 1*, 0, 0, 2 = 5+1
Marc Owen (Guest) – 0, 0, 1* = 1+1
Hans Andersen – 0, 0, 2, 1* = 3+1
Stuart Robson – 1, 2, 2, 1* = 6+1
Joonas Kylmakorpi – 2, 1, 1, 2* = 6+1
Danny King – 3, 3, 1, 3, 3 = 13
Chris Harris – 1*, 2, 0, 2, 2* = 7+2
Jason Garrity – 3, 1*, 1*, 3, 3 = 11+2
Darryl Ritchings (Guest) – 1, 0, M, R = 1