Geer eyes a league and cup double for Eagles

Bjarne Pedersen
Bjarne Pedersen

Eastbourne will meet Lakeside in the Elite League play-offs semi- final, with the home leg being staged at Arlington Stadium on Monday, September 26.

The first leg of the tie will be this coming Monday (September 19) at the Arena- Essex Raceway.

Before these highly-charged matches, the Eagles will face Poole home and away this week for a place in the KO Cup Final.

The first leg is in Dorset on Wednesday (September 14) with the return in Sussex on Saturday (7.30pm start; turnstiles open from 6pm).

The Lifestyle Eagles cemented runners-up spot in the league with a second 53-40 win over Coventry at Arlington in nine days on Monday.

Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said, “The riders knew they couldn’t relax for the Coventry match and they rose to the task, even though our play-off spot was secure. We all wanted that second spot and it was a brilliant display.

“Everyone has worked so hard since the season began to get us into the semi-finals of the league championship and the KO Cup.

“It has been a superb year and I am confident we can go on and win silverware. And, yes, I do believe we could do a league and cup double.”

The Eagles have confirmed that there will be no changes to the team with rider replacement being used to cover for broken leg victim, Lukas Dryml.

The club has approached many riders in the last few weeks, the latest being Grigory Laguta, who declined the club’s offer. The “transfer deadline” has now passed.

For Saturday’s meeting, Lee Richardson will guest in place of Joonas Kylmakorpi, who is riding in France in the final round of this year’s world long track championship.

Kylmakorpi, the defending champion, takes a 15 point lead into the meeting.

Co-promoter Mike Bellerby said, “We all wish Joonas the very best for this meeting. We all hope he can clinch the world title again and become the first part of what we hope will be a glittering end to our season.”

Fans are reminded that season tickets have now expired and that Saturday’s match is “all pay”.

Bellerby added, “A great match is in prospect and we hope another big crowd will cheer the boys on to success, just as they did a couple of weeks ago when we secured our play-off place in the double header meeting against Wolverhampton and Coventry.”

The club’s end of season social event will be on Thursday, October 27–details to be announced .