Speedway: Workington Comets 61 Lakeside Hammers 29
PUBLISHED: 07:55 29 October 2018
Lakeside Hammers captain Richard Lawson declared himself proud of his team — despite their Grand Final drubbing at Workington on Sunday night.
Vortex Hammers team boss Will Pottinger had urged his men to hit the home side early and prevent them building up a head of steam.
But Lakeside were powerless as the Comets, who have been in scintillating form on their own circuit of late, wiped out the 10-point defciit from Saturday’s first leg in the space of only three races.
The visitors could produce only two race winners in Lawson and Adam Ellis and one heat advantage as they struggled with set-ups at a circuit where – the abandoned league match when Dan Bewley was injured apart – they have not raced this season.
Workington’s high-powered Danish trio, plus guest Tero Aarnio, continually racked up the points and after just 11 races the home side needed only to provide a finisher in each heat to claim the crown.
“Obviously they go well round here and they caught us big-time,” said Lawson.
“Early on we weren’t getting out of the starts and struggled for speed – the track was so slick.
“It was difficult. We never stopped trying, but the scoreline doesn’t reflect that.
“We were pushing and I couldn’t ask any more from all the team. It’s been a tough season, but to get to the final is something to be proud of.
“We’ve had the same seven guys throughout the season, which says a lot.
“The fans have stuck by us with the switch to Rye House. Everything’s been against us — but we’ve still managed to get ourselves here, to a final. It was what it was. We tried.”
The Hammers must now regroup for the Shield final second leg at the same venue, where they trail by two points from the home leg, as Workington chase a Cup, League and Shield treble.
Workington: Nicolai Klindt 15, Rasmus Jensen 14+1, Tero Aarnio 11+1, Rene Bach 10+3, Kyle Bickley 6+1, Mason Campton 5+1, Ty Proctor R/R.
Hammers: Adam Ellis 9, Richard Lawson 8+1, Nick Morris 5, Kyle Newman 4+1, Zach Wajtknecht 2, Alfie Bowtell 1, Ben Morley 0.