Alarm bells were certainly ringing in the Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles camp after an edge-of-the-seat encounter with Wolverhampton on Saturday.
The home team squeaked home by one point, having led at the half-way stage by ten.
Eastbourne beat Wolverhampton Wolves 47-46 at the Arlington Stadium on Saturday, having lost 54-39 away to Peterborough the previous evening.
Dane Bjarne Pedersen saved Eagles’ bacon with a cool win in the final race but it should never have got to that point.
Eagles had their No 2 and No 3 riders totally out of touch. Quite what was wrong with Simon Gustafsson and Adam Shields, I do not know. And on Saturday evening, team manager Trevor Geer was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong.
Let’s hope that during this week any mechanical ills have been put right. In the end it was left to reserve Lukas Dryml to take an incredible five rides on the trot. Never, ever have I seen that occur in a speedway match.
Three on the trot is thought a bit much but Dryml is super fit and showed no signs of fatigue, although he was very unhappy that his clutch problems are continuing.
Eastbourne’s misfiring riders will need to up their game tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on Birmingham at Arlington. We’ve all seen in the past what Chris Harris can do... his overtaking moves into the third bend are a big part of his tactics, and both Ben Barker and Danny King are pretty sprightly too.
King is a rider I personally would have liked to see come to Eastbourne as I think he shows great promise. Add to them the German Martin Smolinski, who is making a sensational start to the season, and another upset could be on the cards.
See more from Richard Hudson in today’s Sussex Express.