An undoubtedly improved performance but still not one that offered any reward as Eastbourne ‘Lifestyle’ Eagles went down by a 55-38 scoreline at the Monmore Green home of Elite League leaders, the Wolverhampton Wolves, on Monday evening.
The result might have been similar to that suffered in the Sussex side’s home horror show against the Poole Pirates the previous Friday but the overall show and fight by the visitors seemed far removed from their Arlington debacle.
Bjarne Pedersen topped the Eagles scorechart, a six-point tactical ride success in heat 11 being included in his 14-point tally, while Timo Lahti also showed much improved form, nine points giving him a lift.
For Wolves, home hero Fredrik reigned supreme, a first race reverse by Pedersen aside, with 14-points, while Adam Skornicki and Chris Harris also hitting double figures.
Hopes of a shock victory ignited as the Eagles took the lead in heat three but after maximum points to the home side in six, it appeared unlikely that the Sussex side, in spite of some bright moments, would forced their way back into the clash.
A brace of 4-2’s and a further 5-1 in heats seven, eight and nine increased the home lead to 12-points (33-21) and, despite an inspired 6-3 in the 11th from Pedersen, it was the Monmore men who ran out comfortable and worthy winners, another 5-1 and pair of 4-2’s extending the overall difference to 17-points (55-38) by the close.
The result leaves Wolves sitting pretty at the top of the Elite League table with Eastbourne loitering second from bottom and still yet to record a victory on the road this year.
Wolves : Fredrik Lindgren 14(5), Adam Skornicki 11+1(5), Chris Harris (Guest for Tai Woffinden) 10+1(4), Ricky Wells 8(5), Jacob Thorssell 6+2(5), Ludvig Lindgren 6+2(6), Rider Replacement for Ty Proctor. - 55
Eagles : Bjarne Pedersen 14(5), Timo Lahti 9+2(5), Kim Nilsson 6(5), Simon Gustafsson 5(6), Denis Gizatullin 3(4), Cameron Woodward 1+1(5), Rider Replacement for Lukas Dryml. – 38