Eastbourne Eagles saw their hopes of picking up points on the road dashed as they went down to a 51-41 defeat at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium on Monday evening.
It proved to be two makeshift looking teams who took to the track, the Sussex men missing the talents of heat leader duo, Joonas Kylmakorpi, for whom Birmingham’s Danny King proved an able stand-in, and Simon Gustafsson, who’s absence was again covered by the Rider Replacement facility.
Wolverhampton also found it necessary to utilise this tactic, Pontus Aspgren proving the missing rider in the number two berth, while reserve Ricky Wells, who was involved in a nasty looking spill with Aspgren at Arlington just two nights earlier, was also an absentee, the home side calling upon Thomas Jorgensen as cover.
On track, the shorthanded Eagles battled and for the most part kept within sight of their hosts, however with only two heat winners to show from the fifteen races, although both finished as maximum 5-1’s in favour of the visitors, heats five and fourteen, the opportunities to remain on terms with their opponents proved few and far between.
Wolves: Tai Woffinden 14+1(5), Fredrik Lindgren 11+1(4), Nicolai Klindt 9+2(5), Thomas Jorgensen 8(7), Lukasz Sowka 0(4), Ty Proctor 9(5), Rider Replacement for Pontus Aspgren. – 51
Eagles: Danny King (Guest for Joonas Kylmakorpi)11+1(6), Timo Lahti 8+1(4), Lewis Bridger 7(6), Cameron Woodward 6+3(5), Lukas Dryml 5+2(5), Denis Gizatullin 4+2(2), Rider Replacement for Simon Gustafsson. – 41