The Eastbourne Eagles beat Plymouth and the rain to reach the National League KO Cup final last night (30 September).
They went through by four points on aggregate when the second leg of the semi-final was abandoned after 11 races with rain falling on to an already sodden track at Arlington Stadium.
Referee Barbara Horley decided the track was too dangerous to allow racing to continue.
The Eagles went into the second leg 11 points adrift after losing 50-39 the previous night in Devon. However, they made the most of their home advantage and took the second leg 40-25, giving them an aggregate win of 79-75.
Eagles' team manager Connor Dugard was clearly delighted his team had won through to the final. He said, “'We planned to get on top from the start and we achieved that aim, despite suffering our second 5-0 reverse of the tie. It was important to get our noses in front and an aggregate lead as quickly as possible, in case the meeting didn't go the full distances because of rain. That proved to be the case. The boys attacked the track and got the results they deserved."
The Eagles will face either the Belle Vue Colts or Mildenhall in the final.
Eastbourne have won the KO Cup for the last two seasons.
EASTBOURNE 40: Ben Morley 9, Tom Brennan 7+2, Charley Powell 7+1, Josh Bailey 7, Ben Hopwood 5, Drew Kemp 5, Matt Bates 0.
PLYMOUTH 25: Adam Roynon 7, Henry Atkins 6+1, Steve Boxall 6, Benji Compton 4, Alex Spooner 1+1, Richard Andrews 1, Callum Walker 0.