Andrews & Hopwood Back At Arlington Stadium

Thursday 13th October 2016

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Two popular former Eastbourne Eagles will be back at Arlington on Saturday (15 October) – but in the away side of the pits.

Richard Andrews and Ben Hopwood were part of the IT First Eagles team which swept to League Cup, Gold Cup and Knock-Out Cup success a year ago.

Both lost their places this year after the club suffered an injury-strewn beginning to the season.

They have now been named by the Cradley Heathens for the second leg of the KO Cup which gets under way at 7.30pm.

Andrews is a full member of the Cradley team while Hopwood is a guest.

Eastbourne start the match two points ahead after the first leg at the end of last month.

The 46-44 victory at the West Midlands club’s Wolverhampton track has given the Eagles an edge, but there is no complacency in the camp.

Team manager Connor Dugard said, “We cannot afford to be complacent. Cradley ran us close in last year’s cup final here at Arlington and very nearly derailed our treble bid.”

Last week, against Kent Kings, in the Play Offs semi-final, the Eagles were in a similar position after the first leg and pushed on at Arlington to make the final.

Dugard said, “We didn’t give Kent a glimmer of hope last week in the early stages and that’s what we must do again on Saturday.

“Our lads need to get control and then press on for victory.”

The winners will meet Birmingham in the final.

The Heathens are led at No 1 by Max Clegg, the National League Riders’ Champion who also landed the national under-19 title earlier in the season.

Eastbourne’s planned match at King’s Lynn last night (12 October) was rained off. 

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