Eagles hit by double injuries with Swindon loss

EASTBOURNE Eagles continued to struggle on the road with a 53-38 loss at fellow play-off contenders, the Swindon Robins.

The Sussex side had slumped to a disappointing 58-36 reverse at Peterborough’s East of England Showground just three days earlier and they got off to a tough start at the Wiltshire track in this Elite League clash.

The Robins seized the initiative right from the off when Eastbourne’s Lewis Bridger was withdrawn from the meeting on doctor’s advice following a fall in his first ride.

The visitors’ woe was further compounded when Lukas Dryml suffered a nasty fall in heat eight when a 5-1 looked a strong likelihood with the Eagles trailing 30-23 and hoping to mount a comeback.

Certainly the Eastbourne side gave a far better account of themselves than their run-out at Peterborough.

Timo Lahti again produced a compelling performance to top the Sussex side score chart, Joonas Kylmakorpi, Cameron Woodward and Lukas Dryml also weighed in with worthy contributions, but with Swindon’s Hans Andersen riding for an unbeaten 15-point maximum and Troy Batchelor hitting double figures, Eastbourne were left with little reward for their efforts.

Swindon Robins : Hans Andersen 15(5), Troy Batchelor 10(4), Simon Stead 9(4), Jason Doyle 8+3(5), Dawid Lampart 8+1(5), Peter Kildemand 2+1(4), James Wright 1+1(3). – 53

Eastbourne Eagles: Timo Lahti 13(7), Joonas Kylmakorpi 11+1(5), Cameron Woodward 7+1(6), Lukas Dryml 5+2(5), Henning Bager (Guest for Denis Gizatullin) 2+1(6), Lewis Bridger 0(1), Rider Replacement for Simon Gustafsson. – 38