DERBY DAY CLASH WITH KENT KINGS
Derby day looms once more as the Eastbourne ‘Forman IT’ Eagles prepare to face the Kent Kings at Arlington Stadium on Saturday evening (7.30 p.m. first race).
Following on from last Monday’s National Trophy match up between the two sides and Central Park, the Sussex club will be looking to make home advantage count as they look to atone for their last gasp defeat.
Here's Kevin Ling's take on the action ahead
The Eagles had appeared to hold the whip hand at Central Park having led for much of the contest before back to back 4-2s in each of the final two races saw the Kings draw level and then ease ahead for the one and only time as heat fifteen crossed the finish line.
With the local bragging rights important to both sets of supporters the Eagles will surely be looking to seize these right back as the two teams go head to head once again.
They will remain wholly aware however that the Kent side have upset the Arlington applecart on more than one occasion before and they will no doubt be looking to do so again.
Last year the Kings were responsible for ending long standing unbeaten home record in league matches around their home circuit, a feat that no other team has managed before or since.
The Sussex outfit duly exacted a measure of revenge however as they ended their local rivals Play Off hopes with an authoritative Semi-Final display merely weeks later..
Though the Southern Division of the National Trophy competition has already been all but wrapped up by the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, local pride will remain an issue as the Eagles, and the Kings will be looking to confirm themselves as the best of the rest in the regional table.
Both teams are expected to be at full strength the visitors led by number one and Captain Luke Bowen who is rightly regarded as one of the leading performers in the National League.
Jack Thomas and Nathan Stoneman complete the Kent heat leader trio, both of whom have demonstrated a liking for the Sussex circuit in the past and will be looking to make life tough for their Sussex counterparts once again.
Anders Rowe and Taylor Hampshire form the engine room of the side while Alex Spooner and Jacob Clouting, recently returned from injury, occupy the reserve berth of the visiting line up.
Eastbourne will hope to have Charley Powell back in harness.
Charlie Brooks also makes his return having missed the away fixture due to his ongoing school exams.
Teams: (in alphabetical order)
Eagles: Mark Baseby, Tom Brennan, Charlie Brooks, Kelsey Dugard, Jason Edwards, Charley Powell, Georgie Wood.
Kings: Luke Bowen, Jacob Clouting, Taylor Hampshire, Anders Rowe, Alex Spooner, Nathan Stoneman, Jack Thomas,