Eagles play-off hopes dented

Belle Vue too good for Eastbourne

Last Updated: 04/09/12 2:56pm

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Denis Gizatullin: Big score for Eastbourne (Pic credit Fotospeedway.pl)

Denis Gizatullin: Big score for Eastbourne (Pic credit Fotospeedway.pl)

Eastbourne Eagles saw their Elite League play-offs hope take a dent after they lost 55-36 at Belle Vue Aces.

RESULTS AND SCORERS:

BELLE VUE 55

Mark Lemon 9+2, Artur Mroczka 9, Renat Gafurov 8+1, Josh Grajczonek 8+1, Patrick Hougaard 8, Rory Schlein 7, Ales Dryml 6

EASTBOURNE 36

Denis Gizatullin 13, Lewis Bridger 7+1, Cameron Woodward 5, Joonas Kylmakorpi 4+1, Simon Gustafsson 4+1, Timo Lahti 2, Lukas Dryml 1

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WOLVERHAMPTON 47

Freddie Lindgren 14+1, Tai Woffinden 13+1, Ricky Wells 8, Ty Proctor 5+2, Pontus Aspgren 5+2, Jacob Thorssell 2, Nicolai Klindt 0

LAKESIDE 43

Peter Karlsson 12+1, Justin Sedgmen 8+1, Kim Nilsson 8+1, Stuart Robson 7+2, Davey Watt 7, Robert Mear 1, Jonas Davidsson r/r

The Eagles, currently in third, had targeted taking something from their trip to Manchester - but the bottom of the table Aces were too good despite just three wins to their names before hand.

In the event it was to prove the Manchester men who came out fighting as they handed the Sussex side, for whom only Denis Gizatullin really showed any kind of form, a lesson in gating and as the match progressed everything else as they ran out deserving 19-point winners.

Indeed the home side even managed to cope with the mid meeting loss of number one Rory Schlein who aggravated an injury following a fall with visiting skipper Cameron Woodward in heat 10.

It was to prove something of an inglorious start to proceedings for the Sussex side with the Belle Vue riders leaving the starting tapes side by side with each of the Eagles duo trailing in their wake.

The Sussex side's night got even worse when it emerged top-four rivals Lakeside Hammers took a point from their clash at Wolverhampton as they went down 47-43.

But things could have been much better for Lakeside as Wolves only sealed the win courtesy of a 5-1 from Tai Woffinden and Freddie Lindgren in the final heat.

Boss Peter Adams said: "I am pleased that we have won but we shouldn't have been in that position.

"From the position we were in with three races to go it was a fantastic result but having said that I am a purist and I am disappointed to have dropped a point."

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