Travelling woes continue as Eastbourne slip up in Swindon

A vastly-improved performance from the Eastbourne Eagles wasn’t enough to stop them slipping to a 49-43 defeat away to Swindon Robins on Thursday evening.

Certainly, it was a veritable chalk and cheese display by the Sussex side - one in total contrast to that witnessed at Wolverhampton earlier in the week and one that served to cheer the travelling support.

Indeed, the men of the moment were the duo who have arguably been the most disappointing at Monmore Green, Simon Gustafsson and Timo Lahti, who between them were paid for 21-points.

That same pair registered a final heat 4-2 against the previously unbeaten Hans Andersen and former Eagles Edward Kennett to wrestle a last-gasp match point from their hosts.

Skipper Cameron Woodward was also good value, recording double figures for the Eagles, and had it not been for a little more good fortune - a penultimate race 5-1 seemingly having been denied them - a shock might well have been on the cards and their record could have been greater.

Reserve Denis Gizatulling, who won his opening race with some fine style, was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.

The result moves Swindon up to second in the Elite League table and leaves Eastbourne seventh and yet to have won a meet away from home.

Scorers:

Robins: Hans Andersen 13+1 (5), Eddie Kennett 10+1 (5), Troy Batchelor 9 (4), Peter Kildemand 7+1 (4), Kacper Gomolski 6+3(5), Nick Morris 3 (4), Todd Kurtz 1+1 (3) - 49

Eagles: Bjarne Pedersen 6 (4), Simon Gustafsson 10+1 (5), Cameron Woodward 10 (4), Timo Lahti 8+2 (5), Lukas Dryml 4+1 (6), Denis Gizatullin 3 (2), Adam Shields 2 (4) - 43