The Eastbourne Eagles go into the second leg of the Lee Richardson Memorial Trophy on the back foot tonight (14 April).
Racing the Lakeside Hammers in Essex earlier, it was the hosts that edged the win 48-42, thanks to 5-1s in heats 13 and 15 from Ben Morley and Zach Wajtknecht.
Tom Brennan was the top scorer for the Eagles notching up 9+2.
Both teams now return to Arlington Stadium for the final stage of the Good Friday double-header.
Tapes up 7.30pm.