Elite League Speedway: Coventry climbed off the bottom after victory over Eastbourne

Last Updated: 12/05/13 11:11am

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Krzysztof Kasprzak: Top scored for Coventry (PIC CREDIT Jeff Davies)

Krzysztof Kasprzak: Top scored for Coventry (PIC CREDIT Jeff Davies)

Coventry Bees have moved off the bottom of the Elite League table after their second successive home win saw them beat Eastbourne Eagles 52-38.

Eastbourne had started the meeting well and were leading by six points after seven heats - but the Bees showed the spirit they have been missing in recent weeks to bounce back in style.

Scores and scorers:

COVENTRY 52

Krzysztof Kasprzak 9+3, Grzegorz Zengota 9+2, Olly Allen 8, Stuart Robson 7+2, Scott Nicholls 7+1, Michal Szczepaniak 6+1, Aaron Summers 6nn

EASTBOURNE 38

Timo Lahti 8+1, Simon Gustafsson 8, Denis Gizatullin 8, Bjarne Pedersen 7, Lukas Dryml 4+1, Cameron Woodward 3+1, Adam Shields 0

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LAKESIDE 51

Peter Karlsson 10+1, Piotr Swiderski 10+1, Robert Mear 10+1, Davey Watt 10, Kim Nilsson 6+2, Lewis Bridger 3+2, Richard Lawson 2+1

PETERBOROUGH 39

Kenneth Bjerre 13, Patrick Hougaard 10+3, Kenni Larsen 8, Ryan Fisher 6, Linus Sundstrom 2, Nicolai Klindt 0, Dakota North 0

Four successive 5-1s from Heat 11 saw them take control and ease to maximum points.

No home rider actually scored double figures although Poles Krzysztof Kasprzak (9+3) and Grzegorz Zengota (9+2) were paid for 12 and 11 respectively, but with the lowest score being six - they all made major contributions.

Timo Lahti top scored for the Eagles with paid nine, but it was another away day disappointment for the South Coast club.

Coventry skipper Scot Nicholls said: "It was tough, I had a dreadful start and it certainly didn't go according to plan, but full credit to Eastbourne because they started off on fire.

Convincing

"It was tough, I had a dreadful start and it certainly didn't go according to plan, but full credit to Eastbourne because they started off on."
Scot Nicholls

"But we pulled it back when we needed to, and we came away with a convincing win which is great. I think had that happened a week ago, our heads might have still been on the floor, but a lot of it bounces on from the meeting on Monday against Lakeside. I think that instilled a bit of confidence in everybody."

The win takes Coventry off the foot of the table and sends Poole Pirates to the bottom.

Lakeside moved to fifth in the table after they claimed a 51-39 success over Peterborough Panthers.

The Hammers were ran close for most of the meeting and were only six points clear with three heats remaining before the home side pulled away.

Lakeside had Peter Karlsson (10+1), Piotr Swiderski (10+1), Robert Mear (10+1) and Davey Watt (10) hit double figures in another solid display.

Kenneth Bjerre was the meeting's top-scorer as he claimed 13 for the Panthers.

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