Date: Monday July 5, 2021
EASTBOURNE pulled off a remarkable comeback to edge out leaders Glasgow 47-43 in a Championship thriller at Arlington.
The Eagles trailed by eight points after Heat 11 but secured three 5-1s in four races as the match built up to a sensational climax.
Tom Brennan and Drew Kemp levelled the scores in Heat 14, and Brennan and Richard Lawson then got the better of Ulrich Ostergaard and Craig Cook in the decider.
Lawson (13+3) and Brennan (11+1) were the Eagles’ top scorers, whilst Ostergaard scored 11 for the Tigers who went home with a league point.
Said Lawson: “We didn’t drop our heads and we re-grouped. It is nice when it goes to the wire and you pull it off.
“The pressure is not always ideal, but we have come through a good meeting. We are a good side and everyone has a good set-up, and we should be winning by a bit more.”
Tigers boss Cami Brown said: “The result is hurting a little, but I am very pleased with the overall effort the guys put in. They did not give up and gave it their all.
“Not many teams will get a point there and we had 10 heat winners, which shows the quality we have in the side.”
NEWCASTLE kept up their home improvement with an impressive 52-38 win over Scunthorpe at Brough Park.
Diamonds skipper Matthew Wethers completed a successful weekend with 12+1 whilst reserve James Wright was in the major points with 14+3 from seven rides.
Adam Ellis won four races and scored 14 points for the Scorpions but they were again left point-less on the road.
Newcastle promoter Rob Grant said: “This was us at our best of the season so far with the team really pulling together with the best team spirit and beating a very, very fancied Scunthorpe side.
“All our lads looked much more up for it and got a result which I think will have surprised many people. Our season has really taken off this weekend and our team is a proper team now.
Scorpions manager Dave Peet said: “This was a track where we thought we could come and win, but it wasn’t to be.
“We were holding them for the first third of the meeting, but then they pulled away. The main difference between the two sides is that they were better than us out of the starts. If you didn’t get out of the gate, you were struggling. Newcastle has never been a happy hunting ground for us.”
KING’S Lynn and Ipswich clash in a potentially season-defining local derby in tonight’s (Monday) televised fixture at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The Stars have lost all four home matches so far whilst the Witches are on an overall seven-match losing sequence, although they did win on their previous visit to Norfolk in May.
The home side welcome back Thomas Jorgensen, who missed their last meeting with injury, whilst Scott Nicholls guests for the injured Erik Riss. For Ipswich, Jason Crump has been ruled out and Steve Worrall stands in.
Stars boss Peter Schroeck said: “We are more than capable of doing something against Ipswich, and bringing Scott in as a guest adds to the experience in the team until we get our own boys back. We have to keep going, we still have 14 matches to go.”
Ipswich manager Ritchie Hawkins said: “It’s a must-win, as I said before we are in a dire position for the play-off race so we need to win this and many other meetings for the rest of the season to stand a chance of making it.
“They have lost every meeting at home this year so we need to make it two out of two there, not just for our play-off hopes but because we have both won at each other’s track and we need to be beating King’s Lynn as a minimum requirement for our season.”
WOLVERHAMPTON skipper Rory Schlein has declared himself fit for tonight’s (Monday) clash with Sheffield as racing returns to Monmore Green.
Schlein crashed out of a guest appearance for King’s Lynn on Thursday but has rested over the weekend and will line up for a full-strength home side with recent signing Leon Flint making his home debut.
Said Schlein: “I feel OK, just generally banged up but I’m riding Monday! I’ve been told I may have a broken scaphoid and need to go back this week for another scan to establish that.
“I also have bruised ribs and a bruised spleen but that won’t stop me. I don’t feel too bad. My neck feels OK, my chest is still sore and the wrist feels fine, just swollen but I can grip which means I can ride. I’m going for it!”
Former Wolves man Kyle Howarth leads the Tigers, whilst Josh Bates makes his return from injury at reserve.
Howarth said: “I’m looking forward to going back to Wolverhampton, I loved my time with them.
“I’ve still got many friends there and we won the league there in 2016, that was pretty special.
“Monday night now is all about Sheffield and trying to get the win away from home, that would be a great achievement, but they’re a top side.”
MONDAY JULY 5:
PREMIERSHIP: King’s Lynn v Ipswich 7.30, Wolverhampton v Sheffield 7.30
TUESDAY JULY 6:
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP 2nd leg: Kent v Eastbourne 6.30
WEDNESDAY JULY 7:
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP 2nd leg: Birmingham v Redcar 7.30
THURSDAY JULY 8:
PREMIERSHIP: Ipswich v Belle Vue 7.30