Eagles soar over Lakeside
Eastbourne bounce back from slow start to claim comfortable win
Last Updated: 26/06/12 11:00am
Eastbourne Eagles overcame a slow start to claim a convincing 51-39 Elite League victory over Lakeside Hammers at Arlington Stadium.
The Hammers raced into an eight-point lead after the first four heats but were gradually pegged back and then overtaken by the hosts, who took the maximum three points away from the clash.
The result moves the Eagles up into fourth in the table, although they have participated in more meetings than most of their rivals for a play-off place.
Lakeside made a perfect start, recording a 5-1 in the opening heat as Davey Watt took the win, with the four-point lead being doubled at 16-8 as Watt was once again a winner in heat four.
Eastbourne finally hit back in the fifth heat as Simon Gustafsson led home Cameron Woodward for a 5-1 of their own.
The points were then shared over the next two heats before the Eagles levelled the scores at 24-24 when Lukas Dryml led home Timo Lahti for a 5-1 in the eighth heat.
And Eastbourne took the contest firmly by the scruff of the neck as they also occupied the first two places in heat 10, courtesy of Joonas Kylmakorpi and Dryml.
Watt then took another victory as Lakeside reduced the gap to two points with a 4-2 in heat 11, with the points being shared in the next heat.
However, Eastbourne put themselves on the brink of victory when Lewis Bridger and Kylmakorpi led home a 5-1 in heat 13 to extend the lead to six points.
There seemed to be some hope for the Hammers when Lahti crashed in the penultimate heat, but he was controversially let back in for the restart.
The Finn then and then led home a 5-1, much to the dismay of the Hammers, to seal the win, while Woodward made sure of all three points by winning the final heat.
Leaders win again
Elsewhere on Monday, Poole Pirates maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 49-41 success at Wolverhampton Wolves.
Wolves are badly missing key riders and it told in the middle part of the meeting as the Pirates took control.
Freddie Lindgren was top man for the Monmore side with 12+1 and guest rider Eddie Kennett, in for the injured Tai Woffinden, notched 11.
But Poole were too strong with Chris Hodler leading them home with 14, whilst Sam Masters and Chris Harris both hit double figures too.
Said Lindgren: "It is disappointing, but Poole have been in very good form so far this season and they are still unbeaten.
"We are still very depleted at the moment, and it is only me and Ty Proctor left from the team that started the season, and it is hard."