Hard-earned win keeps play-off hopes alive

Bjarne Pedersen
Bjarne Pedersen

Dane Bjarne Pedersen proved the star of the show as eastbourne Eagles kept their play-off hopes alive with a hard-fought 50-40 victory against Lakeside Hammers at Arlington on Saturday night.

In spite of a sharp start from the Eagles who ripped into an eight-point advantage in just two races, it was to prove nip and tuck with no clear outcome for much of the contest, writes Kevin Ling.

Lakeside kept Eastbourne honest throughout before a breathtaking final ride from home number one Pedersen won the day.

The Eagles flying start always gave them edge but were brought down in heat four in which the visitors did well to reduce the deficit to 14-10.

But Pedersen and Mikkel Michelsen stretched the lead again in heat five which ended with the hosts 22-14 ahead.

Competition remained ierce before Lakeside again closed up in heat nine which saw them just six points behind.

Pedersen then got the better of Craig Cook and he went on to complete a great night by showing Cook and Lewis Bridger a clean pair of heels to confirm Eastbourne’s 50-40 success.

Eagles: Bjarne Pedersen 11+2(5), Kyle Newman (Guest for Lewis Blackbird) 11+2(5), Joonas Kylmakorpi 8+1(4), Timo Lahti 7(4), Cameron Woodward 6+1(5),Mikkel Michelsen 5+2(4), Danny Halsey 2+1(3). – 50

Hammers: Craig Cook (Guest for Davey Watt) 11+2(5), Lewis Bridger 8(5), Richard Lawson 6(4), Kim Nilsson 6(4), Danny King 4(4), Adam Ellis 4(5), Ben Morley 1+1(3). - 40