WITH friends like Davey Watt, Pirates do not need any enemies at the moment.

Lakeside’s Poole-based skipper returned to haunt his former club on a night to forget for the injury-ridden and down on their luck Dorset outfit.

A popular figure among the Wimborne Road faithful, Watt would probably have spared a thought for the Pirates die-hards, despite playing a starring role in their demise.

Lakeside played their trump card in heat seven when a desperate throw of the dice saw them put out Watt on a tactical ride in an attempt to eat into a 10-point deficit.

It proved both a masterstroke and turning point, his comfortable victory over Maciej Janowski and Kyle Howarth halving the deficit in one fell swoop.

Watt followed up by leading home team-mate Lewis Bridger in heat 10, their maximum giving the visitors the advantage for the first time on the night.

And just as Pirates scented a comeback, Watt snuffed them out by racing to his third win of the night in the penultimate heat, leaving the hosts with a mountain to climb.

They looked set to scale it when skipper Chris Holder and Janowski got out in front of Peter Karlsson and Watt, putting Pirates on the maximum they needed to secure victory.

However, disaster struck when Janowski took a tumble on the second lap, the Pole crashing out and Pirates slumping to another dispiriting defeat.

Pirates: 1 Hans Andersen 6+1, 2 Dawid Stachyra 4+1, 3 Chris Holder 14, 4 Dennis Andersson 2+1, 5 Maciej Janowski 8, 6 Kyle Howarth 6+2, 7 Rohan Tungate 5+1.