The Eastbourne Eagles soared to the top of the National League yesterday (25 June) after a 52–38 victory at Buxton.
It completed a brilliant weekend for the Eagles who had won 50-40 the night before at Stoke.
The margin of the away wins means they secured four league points on each occasion leading club chairman Martin Dugard and fellow director, Connor Dugard, to say “job done”.
The victories put Eastbourne top on 26 points from eight matches, three points clear of the Belle Vue Colts who have ridden two more matches. Eastbourne remain the only undefeated team in British speedway this year.
Capping Eastbourne’s delight was the success of reserve Charley Powell who was unbeaten by an opponent at Buxton, scoring his first “maximum” in speedway.
Connor Dugard said, "It was a really good weekend all round, we had a good win at Stoke where once again we all fired and chipped in. Tom Brennan and Charley Powell had never seen the track at National League level and they both came away with decent scores.
“Mark Baseby was on fire once again showing his recent brilliant form as was Georgie Wood. Jake Knight set the fastest time of the season at Stoke.”
After staying overnight in the area, the riders spent the morning relaxing in an hotel pool and spa.
Dugard added, “That paid off as everyone was able to unwind. Buxton couldn't have gone much better either, to be honest.
“Georgie showed his love for the track, although two awkward falls hurt his back again, Jake set another fastest time of the season, Baseby only dropped one point, Tom put in a good performance from the No 1 race jacket, having recorded a paid race win.
“Mattie got better as the meeting went on and we think we have got down to the nitty gritty problems which is great.”
William O'Keefe came in as a guest at reserve and, Dugard said, “He rode his heart out and scored paid three points, which was fully deserved and in-form reserve Charley Powell scored his first speedway maximum of his career on a track he'd never ridden before."
Next meeting is at Arlington when the Eagles face Kent on Saturday (1 July) in the Knock Out Cup.
BUXTON 38: Max Clegg 13, Tom Woolley 10+1, Lee Geary 5+3, Kyle Bickley 4, Ben Woodhull 3, Ryan Kinsley 2+1, Shelby Rutherford 1.
EASTBOURNE 52: Jake Knight 14, Mark Baseby 10+1, Charley Powell 9+3, Georgie Wood 9, Tom Brennan 6+1, Matt Bates 2+1, William O’Keefe 2+1.