Eastbourne Eagles continued to keep pace with the chasing pack for the Elite League Play Off’s following a resounding 61-32 victory over the Wolverhampton Wolves at Arlington stadium on Saturday evening.
Lewis Bridger made his return to action following a successful practice session in the afternoon but with the Eagles still suffering injuries and considering the Monmore Green outfit’s tendency to reserve some of their best travelling performances for the Sussex circuit it was widely believed that Eastbourne could have a fight on their hands.
However with Lukas Dryml looking sharp and in maximum mood, another starring performance from Timo Lahti, with Bridger dropping a single point from three outings and solid contributions from the remainder of the septet, guest reserve Ludvig Lindgren catching the eye against his old club, the Wolverhampton challenge never appeared likely to materialise.
Fredrik Lindgren’s 13 (paid 14) point tally included two wins, one of these realising 6-points as a tactical ride but that apart, save for a 4-2 against the run of play in heat 12 there was precious little for the Wolverhampton fans to celebrate.
The Eagles began in impressive fashion and continued to build but a sequence of five successive 5-1’s between heats 6 and 10, to set the scores at 44-16 effectively shredded any lingering contest element that the fixture had to offer.
A Lindgren inspired 6-3 in the tenth preceded the 4-2, Wolves only other advantage to stop the rot but the Sussex side continued to maintain pressure, Lahti bringing the house down with a double defeat of Tai Woffinden and Lindgren in heat 13 before Simon Gustafsson and Dryml wrapped things up in style with a much celebrated 5-1 in the last, one that stretched the closing margin to 29-points, 61-32.
Team Manager Trevor Geer was delighted though slightly surprised at the magnitude of the Eagles victory against Wolves.
“It has proved a difficult week with all the injuries and finding suitable guests.
“We got a good point at Lakeside last night and another valuable 3-points here this evening so I think we can count that as good weekend for the Eagles.”
With only one match remaining here at Arlington, we know that we will need to pick up more points on the road if we are to progress to theplay-off but we are capable of that.”