Elite League Speedway: Coventry Bees take down leaders Lakeside Hammers
Last Updated: 08/05/14 10:12am
Elite League leaders Lakeside Hammers went down 49-41 at Coventry Bees, although they did manage to take the meeting all the way to Heat 15.
Coventry led for most of the evening with a solid performance throughout their side, but a 5-1 from Lewis Bridger and Adam Ellis moved Lakeside to within four points and another maximum would have seen them claiming a draw.
But Coventry reacted well with Hans Andersen and Chris Harris sweeping to their own 5-1 which gave Coventry all three points.
Kyle Howarth, who was not nominated for Heat 15, finished as top-scorer with 9, but Harris (8+3), Andersen, Ryan Fisher (8) and fast-track reserves Jason Garrity (7+2) and James Sarjeant (6+1) all provided excellent support.
Lakeside were hit by the early withdrawal of Davey Watt with a hand injury, but they still came close to claiming something at Brandon where they were led by Mikkel Bech with 12 points, whose only dropped points of the evening came in Heat 15.
Richard Lawson provided excellent back-up with paid 13, whilst Peter Karlsson chipped in with 6 points.
Wolves held again
Wolverhampton's recent struggles continued as they were held to a second successive home draw by Poole Pirates, and they needed a last heat 4-2 to avoid defeat.
The Pawlicki brothers were on display and both top-scored for their respective sides with Piotr bagging 11+1 while Prem out-scored his younger sibling with 12.
Indeed it was Piotr's win in Heat 15, ahead of Prem that helped Wolves secure the draw. Poole had led for most of the evening, but Wolves managed to salvage a share of the spoils.
Fast-track reserve and British Under-21 champion Joe Jacobs was in outstanding form with paid 10 - the same score as world champion Tai Woffinden, who again managed just one win on another evening of being slightly off the pace.
Chris Holder (7) provided the main back-up for Poole, but like Woffinden - who again struggled to make a real impact.
The draw, for which Poole take two points and Wolves just one, means the Pirates are up to third in the league.
The final meeting of the evening saw Swindon and Birmingham abandoned after seven heats because of heavy rain with the Robins leading 26-19 - but the result does not stand and the meeting will be re-staged.