SUPER EAGLES WIN AT PLYMOUTH

Captain and Eastbourne No 1 Mark Baseby won a last heat decider at Plymouth tonight (April 13) to give the Eastbourne Eagles a 46-44 victory.

Baseby’s win, with Georgie Wood in third place gave the Forman IT Eagles a 4-2 in the last race of the night, having gone into heat 15 all square on 42-42.

The Sussex club had taken a 5-1 in heat 14 to level the scores in this National Trophy speedway match through Charley Powell and Jason Edwards.

Eagles’ team manager, Connor Dugard, said: “This was a superb performance away from home.

“It was our first team match of the year and Mark Baseby came up trumps and inflicted a first defeat on the night on Adam Roynon – just when it mattered.

“Jason Edwards had a brilliant full debut for us. I couldn’t be more pleased.

“What a way to start our season.”

Eastbourne are at home tomorrow (April 14) in a National League fixture.

The match at the club’s Arlington Stadium, just off the A22 at Hailsham, sees the first race begin at 7.30pm.

NATIONAL TROPHY

PLYMOUTH 44: Adam Roynon 14, Henry Atkins 10+1, Bradley Andrews 5, Ryan Terry-Daley 4, James Cockle 4, Macauley Leek 4, Richard Andrews 3

EASTBOURNE 46: Mark Baseby 11+1, Jason Edwards 11+1, Tom Brennan 8+1, Charley Powell 7+1, Georgie Wood 7+1, Kelsey Dugard 1, Charlie Brooks 1

National Trophy points: Plymouth 0 Eastbourne 3

Here's our full match report.

Following several thwarted attempts, Eastbourne ‘Forman IT’ Eagles finally kicked off their 2018 campaign in fine style, courtesy of a 46-44 National Trophy victory at Plymouth’s Boniface Arena on Friday night.

It was to prove a last gasp effort as the Sussex side recovered from a 4-point deficit in the final two races to take the spoils by that closing 2-point margin, writes Kevin Ling.

Skipper Mark Baseby was to prove the man of the moment in that all-important last race, ending the maximum hopes of home number one Adam Roynon, Georgie Wood similarly accounting for Henry Atkins for the match winning 4-2.

Reserve Jason Edwards also drew rich plaudits from the travelling support as he marked his full Eastbourne debut with a finely crafted paid 12-point return.

Indeed it was Edwards, along with Charley Powell, who placed Eastbourne at the brink of victory with maximum points in the penultimate race to set up a last heat decider.

Earlier, Powell had combined with Tom Brennan for a seventh race 5-1 to then pull the Eagles level at 21-points apiece.

The opening exchanges saw Roynon kick off proceedings with a win in a shared first heat.

The Devils heat leader claimed the verdict from Edwards who replaced Kelsey Dugard who was stricken with machinery problems, Baseby coming in third.

Edwards continued with a victory over Macauley Leek in the second, Charlie Brooks taking third and the 4-2 following a fall from former Eagle Richard Andrews.

Plymouth overturned the two-point deficit, following a 4-2 as Atkins opened an impressive night’s work with a win from Brennan in heat three.

James Cockle was an all the way winner from Edwards in the next, Wood squeezing around Leek on the final two bends to keep the teams deadlocked at 12-12.

Dugard suffered a breakdown in the fifth and it was the Devils who edged ahead, Atkins claiming a second win, this time over Baseby to set the scores at 16-14.

Roynon continued his winning ways leading Wood to the chequered flag in six, Ryan Terry-Daley putting further distance between the teams with third place and a successive 4-2.

Powell and Brennan restored equilibrium, heading home Andrews with Cockle a faller in race seven.

Dugard continued to suffer misfortune in the next, exceeding the 2-minute time allowance and having to go off 15-metres.

Terry-Daley showed fleet of foot to outpace Edwards, Leek keeping Dugard at bay to put Plymouth back ahead at 25-23.

Wood kept the visitors in contention as he saw off the challenge of Bradley Andrews and handed a first defeat to Atkins in heat nine but Eagles remained those 2-points adrift.

Roynon made it three wins out of three in heat ten, seeing off the challenge of Brennan though Powell would get the better of Terry-Daley to keep the margin at 2-points, 31-29.

Dugard suffered a starting infringement in the eleventh and was forced to go off 15-metres once again but Cockle suffered a fall while chasing Baseby to necessitate a further restart.

Baseby took a comfortable win at the second time of asking, Andrews following on with Dugard back in third and suddenly Eastbourne were level once more, the scores moving to 33-33.

Brennan suffered a second defeat at Atkins' hands in race twelve while Leek saw off Brooks to give the home side the whip hand once again.

Devils lead doubled as Roynon eclipsed Baseby’s challenge in heat thirteen and with Wood already ruled out following a fall, Cockle rode home unchallenged for the 4-2 and with the scores now standing at 41-37 it seemed as if the home were on course for the victory.

Powell and Edwards timely intervention restored deadlock and cast that theory in real doubt, however.

Then it was time for Baseby to put paid to Roynon’s maximum hopes and with Wood rounding things off nicely for the Sussex outfit it certainly proved a happy Friday the thirteenth for the visiting contingent.   

Scorers:

Devils: Adam Roynon 14(5), Henty Atkins 10+1(5), Bradley Andrews 5(4), Ryan Terry-Daley 4(4), James Cockle 4(4), Macauley Leek 4(4), Richard Andrews 3(4). – 44

Eagles: Mark Baseby 11+1(5), Jason Edwards 11+1(5). Tom Brennan 8+1(4), Charley Powell 7+1(4) Georgie Wood 7+1(5), Kelsey Dugard 1(3), Charlie Brooks 1(4). - 46