Eastbourne Speedway riders have been told victory over Edinburgh Monarchs on Saturday (July 6) is vital.
The match will be the half-way point of the Fineprint Eagles’ Championship league season and they are slipping away from the end-of-season Play Off places.
Two early season home defeats have put the Arlington Stadium club on the back foot and, so far, they have been unable to get league points on the board away from home.
Head of speedway, Jon Cook, said: “At the moment it looks as if our Play Off hopes are hanging in the balance. That makes it so important for us to maintain our form at Arlington.
“Victory over Edinburgh is simply a must.”
Cook said all eyes would be on reserve Georgie Wood who thrilled the home crowd last Sunday as he raced to a 15-point haul.
For Edinburgh, Ricky Wells and Cameron Heeps will probably be one of the men to watch and Cook expects their battles with the Eagles’ top three, of Richard Lawson, Edward Kennett and Lewi Kerr, to be something to savour.
Joint team managers Trevor Geer and Will Pottinger have an unchanged team with Kennett declared fit to ride.
He crashed heavily in the match at Scunthorpe and could be seen to be in discomfort during the win at Arlington over Leicester two days later.
However, next day he didn’t ride for his Premiership club, Ipswich, in their match with Peterborough to help speed his recovery. Gates open at 5.45pm (cash or card) with the start time at 7.30pm.
A reminder that an Under 14’s Eaglets Disco will take place in the Club House Function Room before the meeting – all registered Eaglets are invited to attend, along with those wishing to register. Full information can be found here.
Teams for Saturday:
Richard Lawson, Ben Morley, Kyle Newman, Lewi Kerr, Edward Kennett, Alfie Bowtell, Georgie Wood.
Ricky Wells, Victor Palovaara, Paul Starke, Joel Andersson, Cameron Heeps, William Lawson, Connor Coles.
Image Credit: Georgie Wood in action against Leicester. Credit Mike Hinves