Lakeside fall short a few Aces
PUBLISHED: 23:10 29 May 2015 | UPDATED: 07:00 30 May 2015
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Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 44 Belle Vue Aces 46
Lakeside Hammers fell to their eighth successive defeat when they lost by two points at home to the Belle Vue Aces.
The home side battled through to lose 46-44 on the night and are still failing to regain their form from the first few meetings of the season.
The first heat looked bright as the Swedish pairing of Kim Nilsson and Andreas Jonsson gained a 4-2 race advantage to start the night at the Arena Essex Raceway.
Belle Vue soon changed the tone of the night early on in the second heat, when the opposition came out with a 5-1, as Ben Morley pipped Adam Ellis on the line for second.
Lakeside came good again with two race advantages, as Edward Kennett and Mikkel Bech team rode to a 5-1 in heat three, while in the next heat Richard Lawson and Steve Boxall got a 4-2 race advantage.
The visitors clawed it back to 18-18, after two consecutive 4-2 race advantages in heat five and six, when Aaron Summers and Matej Zagar got the race wins from the gate.
It stayed all tied up until heat eight, when Lawson made the gate but soon stopped on the fourth bend, allowing Summers and Worrall to take the lead 26-22 on the night.
The stalemate continued with another 3-3 heat, when the Hammers duo of Nilsson and Ellis could not find their way past former Hammer Stuart Robson.
The next two heats saw the sides exchange 4-2 heat advantages, with the Aces getting the first as grand prix star Zagar won, while behind the action Kennett lost control allowing Summer through to gain the race advantage.
The Hammers then returned the favour, when their Swedish pairing got the race advantage, as Jonsson cleared off while Nilsson was chasing Karlsson for the second spot but could not quite catch his fellow countryman.
Lakeside’s reserve pairing looked set to close the gap, as Boxall and Ellis made the gate only for Ellis to be forced out by Worrall, before shortly after being overtaken by his former reserve partner Morley to keep the Aces ahead by four.
Kennett and Jonsson managed to pull the hosts within two points when they kept heat leader Zagar at the back, while Kennettfought off Scott Nicholls for first place, after the pair exchanged places round the purfleet track.
The home side failed to claw back either of the two points in heat 14, when Lawson took the race win, while his partner Bech trailed behind former crowd favourite Karlsson and other former Hammer Robson.
The line-up for heat 15 saw the home side put Nilsson and Jonsson out against the Aces Zagar and Nicholls.
But Zagar made the gate and held off the Hammers duo to make sure his side came away from the meeting with the points and their first away win of the season.
Hammers: Jonsson (7+2), Nilsson (10), Bech (6+1), Lawson (6), Kennett (8), Ellis (2+1) , Boxall (5).
Aces: Zagar (11), Summers (7), Karlsson (8), Robson (4+1), Nicholls (3), Worrall (8+1), Morley (5+2).