ELITE LEAGUE MATCH : FRIDAY 21st JUNE 2013 (7.30p.m. start)
Eastbourne ‘Lifestyle’ Eagles switch their operation to Friday night at Arlington stadium (7.30p.m. Parade, 7.45p.m. first race) this weekend as Eagles South Coast rivals, the Poole Pirates, complete with current World Grand Prix Champion Chris Holder at the helm make their second visit of season 2013 to Sussex.
Swede Kim Nilsson is set to take a bow and make his debut in Eagles colours after putting pen to paper in the early part of the week. Certainly he, along with the rest of his new team mates will be required to hit the ground running as the Dorset outfit strive to put behind them a recent dearth in form and endeavour to re-ignite their Elite League Play Off aspirations.
Kim Nilsson, 23, has joined the Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles and slots into the team in place of the retired Adam Shields.
Nilsson’s British career has seen him ride for Newport and Lakeside.
The signing was made on Sunday evening and he will make his debut at Arlington on Friday when the Eagles take on Poole.
Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer outlined the background to Nilsson’s signing.
He said: “Many supporters will wonder why we have signed Kim on a 4.8 average when we have 7.11 points to play with.
PETERBOROUGH PANTHERS 53 - EASTBOURNE EAGLES 42
ELITE LEAGUE MATCH : FRIDAY 14th JUNE 2013
Eastbourne ‘Lifestyle’ Eagles quest for Elite League points on their travels continued at Peterborough’s East of England Showground on Friday evening, but in spite of a late meeting rally that saw them reduce a 16-point deficit to just five with three heats remaining, they would come away empty handed, the Panthers making home knowledge pay in the closing stages to claim all three match points, courtesy of an eventual 53-42 victory.
A flawless 18-point maximum for home number one Kenneth Bjerre, who seems to relish Eastbourne visits to Alwalton, was largely responsible for setting the Panthers on course for what appeared a comfortable win, the home side amassing a 39-23 advantage after ten races, and then for pulling the spoils back out of the fire after the Eagles threatened to turn things around thanks to a resurgent 8-1 and then a 5-1 in heats 11 and 12 as the match headed towards a conclusion.