A powerful early meeting showing from the Hammers allowed them to see off Eastbourne and prevent some former team mates from tasting victory on Lakeside shale.
Joonas Kylmakorpi and Ricky Kling returned to their home track of past to put the 2010 Hammers vintage to the test. And with early Eagles resolve fully stretched as the Hammers hit top gear, it took a mid meeting fight back from the Eagles to take the Hammers to a last race to decide the destination of the third Elite League point.
A third heat 5-1 from the Davidsson brothers over Lukas Dryml and Cam Woodward was the start of four consecutive maximums for the side who tore into their rivals, leaving notables such as Matej Zagar without a placing after two rides.
Returnee Kylmakorpi hit the Purfleet dirt in his comeback ride, driving too wide whilst chasing Adam Shields in heat four and leaving Dawid Lampart as the lone Eagle in the re-run to succumb to a 5-1.
Their woes continued in a brilliant sixth race when both Kling and Kylmakorpi fought their way pat Kaukp Nieminen – only for Nieminen to drive around the boards on the exit of the third lap to overtake both Eagles in superb fashion.
It was Kylmakorpi’s tactical outing in the tenth heat that marked the start of an Eagles challenge, the Finn holding off the speedy Jonas Davidsson after brother Daniel had bounced off of the air barrier on the second turn.
The tactical ride played into the hands of Eagles boss Trevor Geer, who bided his time before showing his hand. It certainly served him well when Zagar followed Kylmakorpi’s double pointer with one of his own in heat thirteen to move the Eagles to within eight points – having been 18 down some seven heats previous.
A 5-1 from Jonas Davidsson and Paul Hurry was certainly the tonic in the penultimate race as both of them saw off the lively Kling. This left the Eagles needing a 5-1 to take the third Elite League point but top scorer Davidsson was first from the tapes. The Swede rode a fast four laps to ensure the Hammers consolidated their second place in the Elite League table.