Injury boost for star rider Wilson-Dean

Bradley Wilson-Dean
Bradley Wilson-Dean

Bradley Wilson-Dean is hoping to be fit to ride in Sunday’s crucial Eastbourne IT First Eagles cup tie on Sunday.

The 21-year-old New Zealander was released from hospital yesterday (June 16) and is at home relaxing and taking things quietly.

He suffered internal injuries and bleeding in a crash at Coventry in the National League Fours on Sunday.

Wilson-Dean rode twice more in the meeting before going to hospital on his return to Sussex on Sunday evening.

Club chairman Martin Dugard confirmed the Eagles No 1 would have a full practice session on Saturday to determine whether he is fit enough to take his place in the team the following day.

If he fails the fitness test, Ben Morley from Kent Kings is on stand-by to take his place as a guest replacement in the KO Cup quarter final, second leg, at Arlington on Sunday against Birmingham.

The Brummies secured a five-point advantage from the first leg and will be looking to their high-scoring trio of Adam Ellis, Tom Perry and wonder-teen Zak Wajtknecht to win races and help defend the lead.

The match will be the one of the Eagles’ biggest tests to date. Birmingham are coming off National League Fours victory last weekend and lie third in the National League table, level on points with the Eagles, having played two less then the Arlington riders.

Eastbourne team manager Glenn Martin said, “We have to pick ourselves after what was a pretty disappointing Fours final.

“Birmingham beat us in the group stage and went on to win the final so we are under no illusions of the challenge we face.

“Our strength in depth should pull us through. However, as always, we must try and seek to minimise mechanical problems and avoid throwing points away unnecessarily.”

Winners of Sunday’s tie will go on to meet Kent in the semi-final.

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