Aces dominate to reach final

Kim Nilsson  Lakeside Vortex Hammers_Credit Anticlockwise Photography

Lakeside saw their Elite League dreams come to an end with a 63-28 defeat in their Play-Off Semi-Final second leg at Belle Vue.

The Vortex Hammers travelled to Manchester already trailing by eight points and in need of a miracle to keep their season alive.

But they were unable to prevent a heavy loss which saw them on the receiving end of a comprehensive 112-69 aggregate scoreline.

It was a tough night for the depleted Purfleet outfit, who took on the Aces without Andreas Jonsson and Lewis Kerr due to injury and illness respectively.

Team boss Paul Hurry said: “It was always going to be an uphill task, and Belle Vue are a strong side so we knew it would be tough.

“We’ve gone from the smallest track in the country to the biggest track in the country and I suppose in some ways that showed tonight.

“All the boys gave it their best, but it is what it is. The damage was done in the first leg in reality and we unfortunately couldn’t overcome that.”

Guesting No.1 Robert Lambert top scored for the visitors, whilst Richard Lawson, Lewis Bridger and Robert Branford also claimed a race win apiece.

But it was ultimately a tough night for the Hammers as they ran 14 last places against the powerhouse Aces.


Craig Cook 14+1, Scott Nicholls 12+2, Matej Zagar 9+1, Steve Worrall 8+2, Richie Worrall 7+2, Joe Jacobs 7+2, Patrick Hougaard 6+1.


Robert Lambert 8, Kim Nilsson 5, Lewis Bridger 5, Richard Lawson 4, Robert Branford 4, Edward Kennett 2, Ben Morley 0.

Belle Vue win 112-69 on aggregate

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Image: Kim Nilsson in action for the Hammers. Credit Anticlockwise Photography