The Eagles recovered well after a stuttering start to put their first Elite League points on the board at Arlington stadium on Good Friday evening.
The Sussex side recovered from an early six-point deficit to triumph by an eventual 52-41 over local rivals, the Lakeside Hammers.
Reserve Lukas Dryml topped the scorechart to cheer the Arlington attendees and with strong performances from both Bjarne Pedersen and Adam Shields in their first home match back in Eagles colours, together with skipper Cameron Woodward served to turn things around for the Sussex side.
The visitors looked to hold all the Ace cards in the early exchanges as a trio of 4-2’s in the opening four races propelled them into a 15-9 lead, however a strong mid meeting rally, kicked off by a popular 5-1 from Shields and Dryml over former Eagle Lewis Bridger to spark the revival, three maximums and a 4-2 in a four heat spell turning the advantage Eastbourne’s way.
The Hammers made good use of the tactical ride in heat eleven but a further 4-2 that pulled them to within 5-points of their hosts with three heats to go wasn’t enough as Pedersen and Shields combined for maximum points to set the venue rocking in thirteen and then a third race win for Dryml in the penultimate race proved sufficient to wrap up the match and the three Elite League points for the Sussex side.
Eagles : Lukas Dryml 14+2(6), Bjarne Pedersen 14(5), Adam Shields 9+1(5), Cameron Woodward 9(4), Timo Lahti 2+2(4), Simon Gustafsson 2(3), Denis Gizatullin 0(3). – 52
Hammers : Peter Karlsson 12(5), Lewis Bridger 9+1(5), Richard Lawson 7+1(6), Robert Mear 4+1(4), Davey Watt 5(4), Kim Nilsson 3(3), Piotr Swiderski 1(3). - 41