Nerves will be jangling at Arlington Stadium on tonight (7 October), as the Eastbourne Eagles battle to reach the final of speedway’s National League Play Offs.
The shoot-out against Kent begins with the home side two points down after the first leg of the semi-final on Monday at Central Park, Sittingbourne.
The winners will go on to meet either Lakeside or Belle Vue Colts to decide which club becomes league champions.
A big crowd is expected to watch the match which is truly in the balance.
The Eagles have given themselves a great chance by losing the first leg by only two points but are only too well aware that Kent pummelled them 49-40 on their home track in mid-September.
They are doubly cautious because top rider Jake Knight has been banned from the match after missing the National League Riders’ Championship because he had no bike to use.
It means the club will be forced to cover his programmed rides by using the rider replacement rule. All members of the team are eligible to take a ride, including new No 1 Josh Bailey.
Eastbourne team manager, Connor Dugard, believes his team will rise to the occasion, just as they did at Kent on Monday. He said, “The boys did a great job there. The tie is at the halfway stage. We are ready and are looking for a big crowd to get behind the boys and cheer us to victory.
“We need that Arlington wall of sound.”
Tapes go up at 7.30pm.
Eastbourne: Josh Bailey, Charley Powell, Jake Knight R/R, Tom Brennan, Georgie Wood, Drew Kemp, Mattie Bates, Jason Edwards (No 8).
Kent: Luke Bowen, Dan Greenwood, Ben Hopwood, George Hunter, Jack Thomas, Bradley Andrews, Anders Rowe.
Meanwhile, The Eagles’ final match of the regular league season at Cradley has been scheduled for 16 October.