Cook Predicts Another Arlington Nail-biter
Eastbourne fans have been warned to expect another dramatic cliff-hanger speedway match tomorrow (September 7) night at Arlington Stadium.
The Fineprint Eagles will face Redcar Bears in the second leg of the KO Cup semi-final just seven days after coming from behind to snatch a last-heat league win against Sheffield.
And there could very well be more of the same, according to the club’s head of speedway, Jon Cook.
“This match is between two teams determined to take their place in the cup final and, with so much quality on show, this could go all the way to Heat 15 come Saturday.
“I really think it will be edge-of-the-seat stuff at Arlington and I know our riders are ready for a big battle.”
Cook went on to issue a rallying call to both riders and supporters.
“Cup matches are in the Eagles’ DNA.
“We know what is required to win over two legs and our supporters expect finals.
“On Saturday, we intend to deliver in front of what we hope will be a big and enthusiastic crowd. The more noise the better.”
Redcar were at Eastbourne at the end of last month and suffered a narrow 10-point defeat.
Cook added: “The Bears are a tough proposition but they need to beware.
“We took our foot off the gas towards the end of the league match here.
“That won’t be the case Saturday.”
The first leg of the tie is tonight (September 6) – a match the home promotion are calling “arguably the biggest meeting in Redcar’s history” – at the Bears’ Media Prime Arena. Live meeting coverage will be provided on this site.
Eastbourne v Redcar is at Arlington Stadium on Saturday. Gates open 5.45pm with the action from 7.30pm.
Supporters coming to Saturday’s match are advised to bring a cash payment option with them because the 4G internet signal around Arlington Stadium remains patchy.
The signal is needed to operate the readers used for credit/debit cards.
There has been an improvement from the zero signal that affected the area a few weeks prior to Friday, August 30, although reception is still not totally reliable.
The card readers worked OK last Saturday but it will be wise for fans to bring a cash payment option with them.
“Our primary consideration is customer service and keeping all customers fully updated of any potential issues,” club director Ian Jordan said.
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