Wightlink Warriors suffered a disappointing 52-38 defeat to Eastbourne Eagles at the Smallbrook Stadium on Thursday night, writes Rob Dyer.
The home side’s on-track determination was met with little luck as mechanical problems, starting infringements and falls contributed to a frustrating meeting.
Alfie Bowtell (8+1) was in the thick of the action. He clocked the fastest time by a Warrior this year in heat one before losing power in heat 10 and suffering a heavy fall in heat 15.
Shaun Tedham hit the deck twice, while Ben Morley (13) and Danno Verge (9) were the top scorers.
Warriors’ co-promoter Barry Bishop was pleased with the quality of entertainment served up on the shale – if not the result.
He said: ‘It was a really good night of speedway and family fun.
‘Some falls, retirements and tape problems didn’t help us but the boys gave it everything for an enthusiastic crowd.
‘Well done to the Eagles who were just a bit better than us on the night. We must now prepare for our trip to Buxton on Sunday.’