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ELITE LEAGUE MATCH : SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER 2013 (7.30p.m. first race)
Eastbourne ‘Lifestyle’ Eagles hope that it proves to be a case of third time lucky as they endeavour to conclude their 2013 Elite League campaign with a visit from the Belle Vue Aces at Arlington stadium (7.30 p.m. start time) on Saturday evening.
Not one but on two occasions have the Manchester club now been scheduled to feature at the Sussex venue but they have been twice thwarted by the elements, Eagles planned curtain raiser against the Aces back in March falling casualty to the weather on the morning of the match and then four weeks ago when the two sides actually did make it to tapes, proceedings were curtailed with the scores standing at 20-16 after heat six with heavy rain increasing in intensity.
Third time lucky has to be the hope for both Eastbourne and Belle Vue as the two sides prepare to meet on Saturday night at Arlington stadium.
Twice this fixture has fallen victim to the rain. The original staging was postponed without a race being run and the second attempt foundered after a deluge washed out racing after six heats.
Eastbourne will be using rider replacement for the injured Lukas Dryml with Kim Nilsson dropping back to a reserve berth while Simon Gustafsson moves up to his regular No 3 slot.
Lifestyle Eagles’ co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said: “Kim was really on fire during The Argus Championship of Sussex on Sunday and having him at reserve could well be a trump card for us.
Despite a potential Aussie soap link close friends and team mates the Eastbourne Eaglets only travelled to near ‘Neighbours’ the Sittingbourne Crusaders to complete ‘Home and Away’ wins on Saturday.
Having won by 6 points at Arlington a few weeks ago, the team of 4 were hit by the withdrawal of number 1 Kelsey Dugard who incurred an injury in the preceding British Youth Championship meeting, although we are pleased to report that all is now well with Kelsey.
Marc Owen returned from a long term injury, showing speed, track craft and team riding ability. Two chain failures exiting the second bend whilst comfortably leading on both occasions prevented him from claiming a maximum return.
Connor Dugard continued his recent return to the sport and provided arguably the highlight of the meeting with a last to first ride in heat 2. He looked assured throughout to deliver 10+1 from 4 starts.
Debutant Jay Pearce, was immaculately turned out and gave an assured performance, frequently claiming points from the back for a more than respectable 4 paid 5.
Finally whilst some may say that the Lucas Dryml Appreciation society are the most visibly and audibly passionate supporters of the Eagles, credit must be given to the ‘Lad’s on Tour’ crew especially honorary lad Jodie Pearce for full on, unrestricted vocal support of the Eaglets.
Sittingbourne 16 - Eaglets 20
Kelsey Dugard R/R 0
Marc Owen 3,3,ef, ef 6
Connor Dugard 3, 2*,2,3 10+1
Jay Pearce 1,F,2,1* 4+1