Bridger eyes a fast start for Lakeside double-header

Lewis Bridger
Lewis Bridger

Lewis Bridger is hoping the Eastbourne Eagles can continue their flying start to the season this Easter weekend as they face a double-header clash with local rivals Lakeside.

The two sides meet twice on Good Friday, first at 1pm in Lakeside and again at 7:45pm at the Arlington Arena.

The Eagles have won two of their opening three meets and currently sit top of the Elite League table having played two matches more than their opponents, who lie in second place. Lakeside, like Eastbourne, also started their campaign with an opening win against Belle Vue Aces.

Bridger, who top-scored in two of Eastbourne’s three contests and drew level with Simon Gustafsson as top-scorer in the third, is greatly anticipating the Easter encounter.

“We’ve got two meetings in one day and, as it’s a local derby and Easter weekend, it’s one the crowds all get fired up for and one we’re really excited about.

“I’m very happy with my performances and the way I’ve started, but I’ve still got a lot more to give.”

Bridger, like the rest of the Lifestyle Eagles squad, have been frustrated by some slow starts so far this season. While they managed to turn it around against King’s Lynn Aces on Monday night, Bridger believes they may not be so lucky in future.

“We didn’t start well on Monday night. We went eight down and I didn’t think we’d be able to recover. It was a good result in the end but you won’t always do that. Some teams will turn you over if you start badly.

“We need to prepare to make sure we get off to a better start in these matches than we have done in recent ones.”

Eastbourne bounced back to record a 49-41 victory over King’s Lynn Aces on Monday night.

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