Eastbourne Eagles' away-day blues continue

Ben Morley of Eastbourne Eagles. Picture by Ian Groves
Ben Morley of Eastbourne Eagles. Picture by Ian Groves

Eastbourne Eagles suffered yet another away defeat, this time going down 51-39 in a Championship league fixture at Sheffield Tigers on Sunday (July 14).

The Sussex club have yet to win away from home this season – or, for that matter, register any losing bonus points.

The poor form away from Arlington Stadium is now hitting the club’s play-off hopes, although they have made the semi-finals of the Championship Shield and the KO Cup.

At Sheffield, it was a familiar story with the match gradually slipping away from the Fineprint Eagles from the off.

At half-way, they were 29-19 down and there was no sustained rally across the closing stages.

A 4-2 in the penultimate heat gave Eastbourne a flicker of hope that they could score a bonus point but that was blanked out as Sheffield hit the only 5-1 of the day to run out comfortable winners.

Sheffield Tigers:

Danny King 15 (5), Kyle Howarth 10+1 (5), Ty Proctor 9+1 (4), Ryan MacDonald 7+1 (6), Drew Kemp 5 (4), Zaine Kennedy 5 (6), Broc Nicol rider replacement – 51

Eastbourne Eagles:

Richard Lawson 14 (6), Lewi Kerr 10 (5), Edward Kennett 5 (4), Alfie Bowtell 5 (5), Kyle Newman 3+1 (4), Ben Morley 1+1 (3), Georgie Wood 1 (3) – 39

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