Confidence sky-high for the Saturday showdown

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Eastbourne Eagles will go into tomorrow’s rescheduled fixture with Swindon Robins full of confidence after a successful week on the shale.

Joonas Kylmakorpi was in top form for the Eagles as they gained more Elite League points after a narrow 46-44 defeat Swindon.

They narrowly missed out on more league points on Wednesday at Kings Lynn. The Eagles produced a strong display at the Stars but went down 50-42 and are now third in the league after 18 matches.

A lively paid 15-point return for reserve Cameron Woodward propelled them towards snatching some reward from the contest. However, with the Sussex side claiming only three heat wins during the 15 races, each of those occasions proffering maximum 5-1 advantages that served to keep the scores close.

They fell just short as Stars’ Mads Korneliussen and Niels-Kristian Iversen claimed the all important 4-2 that saw the home side claim the maximum three-points from the match that supplemented their second place billing in the table.

On Monday they travelled up to Wolverhampton and secured a place in the Knockout Cup semi-final against old rivals Poole thanks to a 45-45 draw and an aggregate 95-85 victory.

Tomorrow they undertake a rare Saturday engagement at Arlington Stadium (4pm) with a visit from Wiltshire based rivals, the Swindon Robins.

With a dearth of suitable dates available to them due to rider availability, the Eagles opted to run on a Grand Prix weekend, the latest round in the World series due to be contested in Terenzano (Italy) later that same evening.

Thoughts of events elsewhere shall remain secondary and the Eagles contingent know only too well, with the Elite League season now well and truly entering the business end, that three match points against the Swindon Robins is the only acceptable outcome.