We can’t let standards drop now warns Geer

Lukas Dryml 1st Bend heat 1''� Mike Hinves 2011
Lukas Dryml 1st Bend heat 1''� Mike Hinves 2011

Eastbourne Eagles put on a show in front of the Sky TV cameras this week to maintain their position at the top of the Elite League.

The Eagles soared past the Peterborough Panthers 55-41 to record their sixth win from seven meetings at the Arlington Stadium this season, and boss Trevor Geer believes his side must maintain this kind of form if they’re to stay at the league’s summit.

He said, “It’s an absolute must to win your home games. Away from home we take what we’re given but we have to be positive here at the Arlington and look to win every meeting.

“We do have realistic ambitions of winning the Elite League this year, and if we want to do that then we have to beat the top teams whenever they come here.”

This positive attitude was on display on Monday night as the Eagles romped home to what was a more resounding victory than the scoreline suggests.

Geer said, “It was a fantastic result and a terrific performance from all the boys. It definitely would have been more convincing if it wasn’t for Peterborough’s tactical riding.

“We dominated the heats from start to finish. Peterborough only picked up points whenever they were tactical, but beyond that we were in total control.” Cameron Woodward was particularly dominant in his racing, and Geer was quick to praise the outstanding efforts of his 26-year-old Australian.

He said, “He’s been superb all season. He’s only had one real blip this year, in the defeat to Kings Lynn, but he was injured at the time and probably shouldn’t have been racing.

“That shows the kind of commitment he has to the club though. He’s a real battler for us, and I think he’s going to excel in the reserve rider position throughout the season.”

The Eagles are now in the middle of a two-week break before they resume hostilities with third-placed Kings Lynn, the only side to take a victory away from the Arlington all season.

For Geer, it is imperative his team put on a good display.

He said, “The last time we played them we had virtually a reserve side out, we had so many injuries and people being unavailable.

“This time around though I’ll make certain that we’re at full strength. We want to prove to Kings Lynn what a good side we are and show them that the last meeting between us was nothing more than a blip.

“After a hectic start it is quite nice to have some time off. We’ve had a couple of long breaks in succession now, and sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

“It gives the riders the chance to get their equipment sorted, as well as allowing us to review everything and make sure it’s all in top shape before the next meeting.”