Silverware could save Eagles

Lewis Blackbird: Picture Mike Hinves 2013
Lewis Blackbird: Picture Mike Hinves 2013

Departing Eastbourne Eagles co-promoter Trevor Geer thinks the future of the club is dependant on them picking up some silverware this season.

The Eagles, who are currently in search of new backers, face the very real prospect of disbanding as a club if none can be found,

And they travel to Leicester on Monday night in search of their first away win of the season.

Winning every home match has put them well in the play-off frame, but they need to pick up points away from Arlington and if they can clinch the Elite League title, Geer believes the club can pull through.

“I’ve tried to turn what’s happened into a positive,” he said.

“If we win something I’m sure the club will go on.I feel pretty confident about Monday and I think we can go into this one and win at last.

“At the last home meeting (a 49-40 win against league leaders King’s Lynn) they were all fired up and if they ride like that again we can definitely win.”

Eastbourne will be back at full strength for the clash as they welcome back the in-form Lewis Blackbird, who suffered a freak injury which kept him out of the King’s Lynn victory.

Blackbird suffered a scratch to the eye as a result of his neighbour’s cat.

Blackbird has recovered well after treatment, however, and was told that his eye was not infected.

Victory would see them edge closer to securing a play-off spot. They currently sit in the final play-off place but Coventry and Wolverhampton are just one point and three points further back respectively

Wolverhampton host Belle Vue on Monday night, while Coventry welcome the Belles next Friday.