Eastbourne Eagles boss Trevor Geer insists that his team can stay at the top of the table despite a daunting run of fixtures that puts their championship credentials firmly to the test.
Fresh off the back of a narrow 46-44 win over second-placed King Lynn Stars at the Arlington last Saturday, Geer’s men now travel to third-placed Poole Pirates next Wednesday hoping to end the Pirates’ unbeaten start on home soil in 2011.
For Geer though, it is a challenge he is more than willing to accept.
He said, “There’s never an easy meeting in this league, and even when you think they’re going to be easy they come back to bite you.
“It will be extremely tough to go there and win. Like us they seem to be so strong at home, and I imagine they’ll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
“They have some of the best riders in the world in riders like Chris Holder, and everybody knows that we’ll have to be at our best if we’re to go there and get something from it.
“However, we should have a strong line-up out, so with some good performances and a little bit of luck along the way, I see no reason why we can’t cause an upset.”
The Eagles certainly go into the clash on good form having edged a thrilling encounter with Kings Lynn last weekend.
Reflecting on the win, Geer said, “We didn’t have a good start to the meeting at all, and it looked like we could be in for a thorough beating.
“We struggled in the first eight heats especially but we called an early interval, had a pretty honest chat among the boys and pulled it together after the break.
“It took great character from everybody to come back like that, and I’m sure we’ll have to show that kind of fighting spirit plenty more times between now and the end of the season.”
Geer reserved special praise for Czech rider Lukas Dryml, whose outstanding racing against Kings Lynn carried his team to victory.
Geer said, “He was excellent for us, and has been all season. He seems to be getting better at Eastbourne all the time, and on Saturday night he produced a genuinely world class performance.”
Eastbourne look set to field a full-strength side for next Wednesday’s trip to Poole, providing Dryml can recover from a nasty fall he suffered during last Saturday’s racing.