Eagles soar to second after impressive victory against hitmen

Eagles top scorer Georgie Wood (left) and Ryan Blacklock go wheel to wheel at Arlington Stadium last Saturday night - Picture: Mike Hinves
Eagles top scorer Georgie Wood (left) and Ryan Blacklock go wheel to wheel at Arlington Stadium last Saturday night - Picture: Mike Hinves

Another resounding victory, this time as they put the Buxton Hitmen to the sword at Arlington stadium on Saturday night was sufficient to lift the Eastbourne ‘IT First’ Eagles clear into second place in the National League table.

The final score rested at 57-32, their biggest of the campaign so far further defined the Sussex side’s recent upward mobility and completed a wholly successful week that has seen them bag no fewer than 11 points out of a possible 14 available over the course of four matches, two at home, two away and that including a midweek visit to the home of current league champions, the Birmingham Brummies.

Back on more familiar shale, the Eagles, for whom Coventry’s Dan Greenwood and Isle of Wight’s Mark Baseby turned in fine guest performances in the absence of both Adam Ellis and Ellis Perks, made short work of the Buxton challenge as they continued to pile up the points throughout the course of proceedings.

Of course, as joyous as it was for the Eastbourne supporters to celebrate their team continue to demonstrate a rich vein of form, the match was marred in no small way as visitors Jade Mudgway suffered a nasty fall in heat six as was ferried by ambulance from the circuit following a substantial delay to the course of the match.

Worrying scenes indeed as the rider appeared in some considerable discomfort with fear of a possible neck injury prevalent.

The much better news, reported on the Buxton website the morning following was that the Hitmen skipper had been released from hospital having been given the all clear.

Heat six would witness Mudgway’s misfortune, the rider receiving extensive on-track treatment following a seemingly innocuous coming together with Powell.

Some fifty minutes elapsed as the visiting captain received the best treatment and was then transferred to hospital.

As for the match itself, guest from the Kent Kings, Danny Ayres led from the front for the visitors, putting together four faultless rides to remain unbeaten heading into the final race of the night only for him to be denied a 15-point maximum as he lost control and fell on the final turn of heat 15 as he looked locked on course for victory.

Unfortunately for the Hitmen, Ayres only effective back up came in the form of fellow heat leader Ryan Blacklock who registered 9-points to the cause.

For the Eagles, the picture was somewhat more rosy, aside of Greenwood and Baseby’s valuable input, Georgie Wood topped the home score chart with a whopping paid 17-points while skipper Jake Knight again thrilled the supporters with his fence scraping exploits in scoring 12-points, paid 13.

Once again Charley Powell and Luke Harris were again among the points, contributing 11-points (paid for 14) to the cause, in spite of the latter suffering machinery problems, as the Eagles hit 57, bettering their previous best total against the Heathens last week.

Eagles: Dan Greenwood (Guest for Adam Ellis) 10(4), Jake Knight 12+1(5), Luke Harris 3+2(5), Charley Powell 8+1(6), Georgie Wood 14+3(6), Mark Baseby (Guest for Ellis Perks) 10+1(4), Rider Replacement for Gary Cottham. –Total 57