Eagles in good spirits ahead of first match of season

Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles Speedway Team. March 16th 2013 E12045P
Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles Speedway Team. March 16th 2013 E12045P

The Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles head towards their opening match of the season against Belle Vue on Saturday in good spirits.

An excellent atmosphere is building within the team as they get ready to take on the Manchester club in the opening Elite League match of 2013.

Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said: “The boys are keyed up and really want to do well. I can see every one of them improving on their averages this year.

“We have five riders back from last year and the newcomers are, of course, no strangers. Bjarne Pedersen rode for us in 2011 and it was at Arlington that Adam Shields made his mark at senior level in British speedway.”

Geer is keen for his team to get off to a flying start against Belle Vue and quickly put together a challenge for a top-four, end-of-season play-off place. “We are more than capable of doing that,” he said.

Geer is warning the team about the dangers of getting “caught cold” in their first match of the year and the need to be fully prepared; mentally, fitness-wise and mechanically.

Saturday’s match begins at 7.30pm.

Fans will be able to buy the Eagles’ new-look programme, which has eight more pages than last year.

Co-promoter Mike Bellerby said: “The programme remains the traditional A5 format but there will be much more for people to read. Layout and design has also been improved to make, what I think, is an extremely attractive package which is easier on the eye.”

Features from last year have been retained but new regular articles include a “From the Archive” section, a quiz, rider profile and more news and “gossip” about the Eagles. The programme costs £2.50.

Wi-fi internet access is now available at Arlington from within the clubroom. Details of log-in codes are available from the bar.

ROADWORKS: The re-surfacing of the A22 Hailsham by-pass continues. There is no access into Arlington Road West, where the stadium is located from the A22. Diversion routes:

From the north, at The Dicker turn right into Coldharbour Road, head south along this road into Upper Dicker and then turn left into Michelam Priory Road. Continue along this road into Arlington Road West to reach the stadium on the right hand side.

From Polegate, head west along the A27 Lewes Road, enter Wilmington and take the first right into Thornwell Road - follow this road to the left at the end, then immediately right into Bayley’s Lane. At the end turn right into Caneheath, follow this road to the end and turn right into Arlington Road West.