Friday night’s all right for speedway as Eagles update home fixtures

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Eastbourne Speedway have updated their home fixture list in the last few days and it sees a number of Friday night meetings emerging, writes Richard Hudson.

The first is a week today (June 21) when Poole are the visitors.

Also confirmed is the Belle Vue fixture, rained off in March and now set for Friday, September 13.

Meanwhile, Birmingham, whose visit was also rained off, are now due back on Monday, July 29, when the match will be covered live by Sky Sports.

Last Saturday’s match at Arlington was probably the best so far this season. The Lifestyle Eagles maintained their unbeaten home record in the face of great adversity. They faced Wolverhampton with a six-man team and were down to five riders within the first lap of heat one.

Lukas Dryml fell and broke his collarbone and could be out for up to six weeks.

In the end, the scoring was done by three riders: Bjarne Pedersen, who reeled off four wins on the trot, Simon Gustafsson, who looked much more racey, and an incredible 17-point haul from guest Lewis Bridger. Bridger produced the ride of the season in heat 14. He came from stone last to force Wolves’ Adam Skornicki into an error, then went on to take the chequered flag.

Tonight (Friday) Eastbourne are at Peterborough. Bridger again stands in for the retired Adam Shields with the rider replacement facility covering Dryml’s rides.

Eagles confirmed that both Cameron Woodward and Timo Lahti will ride in next Friday’s match against Poole.

Gossip – and that’s what it was – on the internet said they would not be riding because of grand prix qualification race-offs the following day. Quite why people feel it’s OK to post such inaccurate information on speedway forums beats me.

Too many times these keyboard warriors think they have correctly put the pieces of a jigsaw together when in fact they’ve done nothing of the sort. It is highly damaging from people who proclaim to be speedway fans but by their actions prove they are nothing of the sort. Posting such drivel does nothing but harm.