Eastbourne Eagles Push To Reclaim League Lead

Saturday 5th August 2017

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The Eastbourne Eagles face a massive weekend when they take on two of their biggest rivals for the National League title.

Defending champions Birmingham come to Arlington Stadium tonight (5 August), while tomorrow the Eagles head through the Dartford Crossing to race Lakeside.

Action begins at 7.30pm this evening, where success and three league points would put Eastbourne back on top of the table, having lost first spot during a spell of inaction to the Belle Vue Colts.

There has been another shuffle in the Eagles’ riding order as Jake Knight now is the top averaged rider and takes the number one position.

The Eagles also give a debut to new signing Charlie Saunders at reserve and have named Stephen Whitehouse as No 8 for the match, because Charley Powell is absent at an international grasstrack event on the continent. 

Eastbourne, Belle Vue Colts, Birmingham, Lakeside, Cradley, Mildenhall and Kent are all involved in a struggle to make the top four of the league at the end of the regular season to make the Play Offs which will decide the champions.

Eagles team manager Connor Dugard said, “Birmingham is a big match for us. They have a really strong 1 to 7 but then, so have we.

“This is set to be a great night of speedway and we all hope the fans turn out in force to cheer the team on to success as we strive for ultimate glory.”

Eastbourne: Jake Knight, R/R for Charley Powell, Mark Baseby, Tom Brennan, Georgie Wood, Charlie Saunders, Mattie Bates, Stephen Whitehouse (No 8)

Birmingham: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Layne Cupitt, David Mason, Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Macauley Leek, Lewis Whitmore

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