Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles suffered ‘one of those nights’ as they slipped to a 59-34 defeat at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green stadium on Monday evening.
The Sussex travellers succumbed to the humbling loss against a very in-form Wolves side, a result that saw the Midland outfit installed above the Swindon Robins at the head of the Elite League table.
Coming off of the back of a wholly impressive away victory at the home of the Poole Pirates the previous Wednesday, Wolverhampton entered the fray very much on a high but, although the Eagles progress has thus far been somewhat quieter, they remained the only team to defeat Wolves in 2013 and, such is the similar nature of the two sides respective circuits, in the past, the form book has tended to count for very little in these clashes.
The Eagles went into battle missing the talents of number one Bjarne Pedersen, the Dane’s withdrawal being due to his suffering flu like symptoms.
King’s Lynn’s Rory Schlein was drafted in as a guest replacement but even his presence was unable to ignite the Eastbourne challenge.
With Tai Woffinden in irresistible form, riding unbeaten by an opponent and strong performances throughout the Wolves order, the Eagles seemed to have very little answer to their overall dominance.
A fifth race 7-2, courtesy of a Schlein tactical ride, a brace of 5-1’s in heats 7 and 9 and a pair of race wins for Cameron Woodward gave the visiting supporters some moments to cheer but with the hosts racking up no fewer than nine maximum race victories, there really was little way back for the Sussex outfit.
Wolves : Tai Woffinden 14+1(5), Ty Proctor 10+2(5), Ludvig Lindgren 8+1(4), Jacob Thorssell 7+3(4), Fredrik Lindgren 7+2(4), Ricky Wells 7+1(4), Adam Skornicki 6(4). - 59
Eagles : Rory Schlein (Guest for Bjarne Pedersen) 11(5), Cameron Woodward 8+1(5), Lukas Dryml 4(4), Adam Shields 3+1(4), Simon Gustafsson 3+1(4), Denis Gizatullin 3(4), Timo Lahti 2(4). – 34