EAGLES ARE ON A MISSION TONIGHT
Eastbourne ‘Forman IT’ Eagles are sure to be ‘Men on a Mission as they prepare to welcome a team that bears one of the sport of Speedway’s most famous names at Arlington Stadium on Saturday evening (7.30 pm start time).
The Coventry Bees arrive in Sussex hoping to put to an end an Eastbourne winning streak that stretches back some three and a half seasons as they come seeking a place in the National League Knockout Cup Semi-Final.
The Eagles have hosted Coventry Storm at Arlington both in Season 2015 and 16 since their transition to the third sphere of racing, however this will be the first time that the Bees have made an appearance at the venue since the heady days of 2014.
Nowadays their traditional Brandon venue is temporarily unavailable to them, the current Promotion having moved their operation to nearby Leicester, thus keeping the famous name alive while they plot a much hoped for return to their spiritual home.
Having won the competition for the last three seasons in succession, the Eagles while holding out a welcoming hand, will of course will intend to be less than benevolent as they lock their sights on a fourth straight success.
With the first leg having taken place at the Beaumont Sports Complex approaching a fortnight ago, the Bees bring with them a narrow two-point lead after the Eagles went down by an agonising 46-44 margin on the 20th May.
With Arlington still regarded as something of a fortress the Sussex men will undoubtedly approach the encounter in confident mood and hope to overturn the deficit.
However, the Bees will be equally intent of causing an upset and ejecting their hosts from the competition, the trophy for which they have come to regard as their own.
They come well equipped with a fine blend of youth and experience within their ranks, the likes of the wholly talented Connor Mountain heading up their offensive and the evergreen Jon Armstrong also likely of piling up the points.
In addition, former Eagle Luke Harris and the emerging Luke Ruddick will also be considered more than capable of putting pressure on their hosts.
Eastbourne will be sporting a rejigged line up with new averages having come into effect.
Georgie Wood moves to the number one berth where he will partner teenage points machine Jason Edwards.
Skipper Mark Baseby moves to number three while Tom Brennan fills the other heat leader slot.
Kelsey Dugard moves down the order to ride alongside Charlie Brooks in the reserve berth.
The Sussex side will also utilise the Rider Replacement facility in place of Charley Powell who has been nursing a collarbone injury following an awkward fall at Belle Vue last week.
Teams: (in alphabetical order)
Eagles: Mark Baseby, Tom Brennan, Charlie Brooks, Kelsey Dugard, Jason Edwards, Rider Replacement (for Charley Powell), Georgie Wood.
Bees: Jon Armstrong, Jamie Bursill, Jamie Halder, Luke Harris, Connor Mountain, Danny Phillips, Luke Ruddick.