Lady Luck deserts Wightlink Warriors against Eastbourne Eagles

Wightlink Warriors suffered a disappointing 52-38 defeat to Eastbourne Eagles at the Smallbrook Stadium on Thursday night, writes Rob Dyer.

Friday, 31st August 2018, 4:15 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:18 pm
Alfie Bowtell, red, and Danno Verge, blue, in action against Eastbourne. Picture: Ian Groves/Sportography

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.

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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.'