Eagles get mauled by Panthers

Eastbourne’s bid to claim their third successive victory on their travels met with disappointment at Peterborough’s East of England Showground last (Monday) night when the Lifestyle Eagles went down 58-36 at the hands of the Panthers.

On a night when they could only muster a single race win throughout the 15 heats, there were precious few moments for the travelling Eagles fans to smile about.

That sole success came in heat 11 as Joonas Kylmakorpi took the chequered flag sporting the black and white helmet denoting a tactical ride.

With Lukas Dryml following in third place this at least rewarded the visitors with a 7-2, one of only two advantages they were to enjoy, the other coming some four races earlier as Simon Gustafsson was also nominated to take the tactical.

Though Eastbourne skipper Cameron Woodward, arguably Eagles rider of the night, was set to head his partner home, the resultant 4-3 was to prove their only other race success.

For the Panthers, Linus Sundstrom and Kenneth Bjerre both rode unbeaten by an opponent, the former recording a 15-point maximum while Krzysztof Buczkowski also went close, a singular defeat by Kylmakorpi in that eleventh race proving his only reverse as the home side racked up their biggest win of the season so far.