Hammers can only draw in dramatic night
LAKESIDE scored two league points in a thrilling draw after a marathon night at Wimborne Road.The Hammers were four points ahead going into heat 13 and two points ahead going into the final two races.
LAKESIDE scored two league points in a thrilling draw after a marathon night at Wimborne Road.
The Hammers were four points ahead going into heat 13 and two points ahead going into the final two races.
However, in the penultimate heat, Poole's 44-year-old Paul Fry gave chase on Jonas Davidsson, passing him, being passed and then passing again in a sensational effort that had the whole grandstand on their feet, saluting the veteran who had kept the Pirates hopes of a much need league win alive.
In the final heat, Poole looked to be heading for victory when Hans Anderson rode a brilliant first curve to carve open a gap for his partner Bjarne Pedersen to exploit.
But at the back Adam Shields took a nasty looking spin and caused the heat to be stopped.
In the re-start Lakeside's Lee Richardson was fractionally more alert as to what to expect and he foiled the move by hitting back and relegating Pedersen to third place to leave heat scores tied on the night.
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That meant that, under the new scoring system, the Hammers gained two league points and the Pirates one.
It will have felt like points dropped for Lakeside though after Poole rode the whole meet without Daniel Davidsson and the majority of it without Chris Holder.
Davidsson was a victim in the opening heat of this delayed start meeting, the weather having played havoc with the track surface which meant the meeting didn't get underway until some 30 minutes after the scheduled start time.
But in truth it wasn't track conditions that caused the first turn melee that had Davidsson and Richardson tangling and ploughing into the first turn fence.
Davidsson was immediately withdrawn through injury and this began Fry's hectic night as he replaced him in the re-run. His debut outing wasn't overly impressive but the Newport rider came out in heat two and put a win under his belt before the second massive stroke of misfortune beset the Pirates
Back from injury and leading heat three, Australian sensation Holder lost control on the final turn and fell, immediately clutching his collarbone. It was a sight that Poole fans didn't want to see and left them seriously weakened against a Hammers side that had strength about them
At least one or other of Fry and Karol Baran appeared in each heat through until heat 13 thereafter and despite both riders investing volumes of effort they could only muster a further three points between them during that span.
Conversely Joe Screen was in unbeatable form and romped to impressive wins in each of his programmed rides and with the eager to ride Hans Andersen recovering well from his first ride defeat by Richardson to finish his outings unbeaten the Pirates kept in touch with their visitors.
Poole did suffer a slice of fortune - a rare commodity for them this season - when Shields lost control whilst leading heat seven which gifted Poole skipper Pedersen a second win on the night and actually put the Pirates ahead for the one and only occasion.
Poole 45: H.Andersen 14, J.Screen 12, B.Pedersen 10, P.Fry 7, K.Baran 2, C.Holder 0 (withdrawn), D.Davidsson 0 (withdrawn).
Lakeside 45: L.Richardson 12, S.Robson 8+3, J.Davidsson 6+2, A.Shields 6, J.Kylmakorpi 5+1, K.Nieminen 5, P.Morris 3+3.