Hammers just fall short in Shield
21st October 2018
Lakeside Hammers hopes of claiming the Championship Shield were put on hold on Saturday, after the 2nd leg at Workington was washed out.
Hammers currently face a two-point deficet which they will take into the 2nd leg at a date to be confirmed, after a narrow 46-44 loss to the Workington Comets at Rye House on Friday.
Lakeside provided several heat winners on the night, but Mason Campton’s 12+3 from reserve on the night proved the difference between the sides.
The visitors went into the meeting having to use rider replacement for Dan Bewley and were further hampered when Ty Proctor had to withdraw from the meeting after crashing out in Heat 6.
Comets edged ahead after Heat six with a 5-1, compliments of Rene Bach and Nicolad Klindt, only for Hammers to hit back immediately by repaying the compliment with a 5-1 of their own, compliments of Zach Wajtknecht and Richard Lawson. By heat 10 Workington had stretched their lead to six points after Rasmus Jensen teamed up with Klindt for a 5-1. After a 4-2 to the visitors the gap had widened to eight points. Hammers, in the shape of Nick Morris and Lawson grabbed a 5-1 in Heat 13 to close the gap to four points.
Comets hit back with a 4-2 heat advantage in Heat 14 to lead by six points with one heat to come. Lawson and Nick Morris were the nominated riders in the final heat, and duly obliged with a 5-1 to keep the Shield alive.
Morris top scored for Hammers with 13+1 alongside a fine paid 13 points from Lawson. For the visitors, Klindt top scored with 13+1, helped by those vital reserve points from Campton- paid 15 points, and Jensen with 10+2.