Eastbourne Speedway have a new riding order for tonight’s (1 July) Knock Out Cup tie against Kent at Arlington (7.30pm).
Captain Georgie Wood takes over at No 1 – the first time he has held the position since starting speedway in 2015.
The move sees youngster Tom Brennan – who will 16 on Sunday – move to No 4.
In further changes, Charley Powell, who was unbeaten by an opponent in a National League match for the first time at Buxton last Sunday, goes to No 2 with Mark Baseby at No 3.
Mattie Bates drops to reserve where he will be partnered with guest Alex Spooner.
The only rider not on the move for the IT First Eagles is Jake Knight, who remains at No 5.
Wood and Bates’ moves are dictated by the latest averages which come into force on Saturday.
This will be the second leg of the cup tie with Eastbourne holding a 48-42 lead from the match at the Kent club’s Sittingbourne track in May.
Kent also have a changed team with Danny Ayres at No 1 in place of the injured Luke Bowen and Connor Coles replacing Nathan Stoneman who is on duty for a club in a higher league.
Coles, of course, lost his place at Arlington when the Eagles introduced Knight to the team.
Ben Hopwood is another former Eagle in the Kent team.
Eagles’ team manager Connor Dugard said, “Every meeting is tough and this will be no different. Kent will want to cause an upset and our job is to prevent that and get through to the next round.”
He said he was aware of comments made by the Kent club in a press release but commented:
“We let the racing and results do the talking, not the press releases.”
Eagles: Georgie Wood, Charley Powell, Mark Baseby, Tom Brennan, Jake Knight, Mattie Bates, Alex Spooner.
Kent: Danny Ayres, Bradley Andrews, Ben Hopwood, Jack Thomas, Connor Coles, George Hunter, Anders Rowe.
There is a junior match after the KO Cup tie with nomad club Reading taking on a Kent development team.