Eastbourne Eagles beat the rain – and the Coventry Bees – Speedway with Shaleman

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Eastbourne Eagles beat the rain and the Coventry Bees when they raced to a narrow victory at Arlington on Saturday.

In a topsy-turvey match, the Eagles again made a dreadful start and then came good mid-meeting only to wobble over the finishing line 48-45.

Coventry had a massive 8-1 heat win to thank for closing the gap after the Eagles went ten up after heat 10

In the next race, a disastrous first and second turn for the home pair saw double points man Edward Kennett and Leigh Lanham emerge clear of Denis Gizatullin and Lewis Bridger. That was how it stayed and significantly the Eastbourne lead, which had previously stood at 10-points, was now reduced to a mere 3-points (36-33) in just four laps of speedway.

At the death it needed an ice-cool ride from Simon Gustafsson to clinch the points in the deciding heat 15.

From gate one he hit the front at the first turn ahead of Scott Nicholls and Kennett and held on to victory.

Gustafsson rode the inside line and said he could hear the Coventry riders buzzing behind him but was confident of taking the chequered flag as long as he kept cool and on the inside line.

Yesterday’s match between Belle Vue and Eastbourne was called off on Sunday because a poor weather forecast.