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SPEEDWAY LIVE: Eastbourne Eagles 54 Swindon Robins 37
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- Eastbourne Eagles 54 Swindon Robins 37
- EASTBOURNE: Bjarne Pedersen (2-3-3-0) 8; Timo Lahti (1'-3-2'-1'-1) 8+3; Joonas Kylmakorpi (1-3-1-3) 8; Cameron Woodward (1-2'-3-3) 9+1; Mikkel Michelsen (3-2'-1-2-0) 8+1; Lewis Blackbird (3-3-2-2) 10; Dan Halsey (2'-1-FX-0) 3+1.
- SWINDON: Troy Batchelor (0-1-2-3-2') 8+1; Simon Gustafsson (3-2-4^-3-3) 15; Justin Sedgmen (0-0-0-0) 0; Dakota North (1-2-0-2) 5; Nick Morris (2-0-1-1) 4; Nathan Greaves (0-F-FX) 0; Steve Worrall (1-0-3-0-1') 5+1.
- Robins without Peter Kildemand, Justin Sedgmen guests
- Get in touch using #adverspeedway or the comment box below
That is for this evening, but don't forget you can read a report, pictures and comment in Monday's Tapes-Up.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
The final word rightly goes to Simon Gustafsson, who scored 15 points to silence a few critics.
"Thing's have been hard for me and I've been dropping a few points in all my leagues but to score points like this is great," he said.
"I felt confident on the bike and rode well so it's really pleasing for me, even though the team lost.
"I need to score like this more regularly and I hope I can now."
Speaking after the meeting, Alun Rossiter was pleased to see his side restore some pride in the closing stages of the meeting.
"It was always going to be hard, coming here without Peter, but if I'm honest I thought we might have done a little better," he said.
"We restored some pride in the final few heats which was really good to see, because it had been a tough night.
"The big positive was Simon's performance because that's the rider I signed in the winter."
First off is Nathan Greaves who endured a tought night but is staying positive.
"It was really hard for me, I came off more times than I raced I think, but I'm okay.
"This was always going to be hard but I'm enjoying it and I'm learning all the time so there are positives.
"It's a shame the team didn't win but we have a home match coming up and we can get some points there."
Sorry for the delay, got kicked out the stadium and struggled for internet. Some reaction coming right now.
Off for some reaction
Eastbourne Eagles 54 Swindon Robins 37
Heat 15: Gustafsson, Batchelor, Lahti, Michelsen; 58.5 – 1-5 (54-37)
Magnificent from Gustafsson round the outside of turns one and two for victory. Great night for him as Robins end a tough night on a max.
9:05pm Sat 24 May 14
The sport is becoming a joke. Painful as it is to say that after 30 years supporting the Robins. Its painful to see what goes on. Give it a go and do the best you can. How can it be the best you can without your #1. No wonder small crowd. Shooting self in foot. Sad. Gradually losing hope about a sport I love.
Batchelor, Gustafsson, Lahti and Michelsen for heat 15 when round eight of tractors is over.
Heat 14: Woodward, North, Worrall, Halsey; 58.2 – 3-3 (53-32)
The two Robins settle in behind Woodward.
Heat 13: Batchelor, Michelsen, Morris, Pedersen; 58.5 – 4-2 (50-29)
Great win from Batch who storms from the gate to victory.
Heat 12: Gustafsson, Blackbird, Lahti, Worrall; 58.6 – 3-3 (48-25)
Really nice from Gustafsson as he storms around the outside to take the win. Great stuff.
Heat 11: Kylmakorpi, Batchelor, Michelsen, North; 58.4 – 4-2 (45-22)
Kylmakorpi gates to victory.
Interval time, which means more tractors.
Heat 10: Pedersen, Lahti, Morris, Sedgmen; 58.8 – 5-1 (41-20) – 5-1 (41-20)
Morris loses second place to Lahti on lap two and despite a late run for the line can’t get it back.
Heat nine (re-run X2): Worrall, Blackbird, Greaves FX, Halsey FX; 58.9 – 2-3 (36-19)
The Robins duo gate on a 5-1 before Halsey falls alone in turn three and is excluded. Greaves suffers the same fate in the re-run before Worrall beats Blackbird in a match race.
Greaves is excluded of course, so just the two riders in the re-run.
8:34pm Sat 24 May 14
Looks like bumper wage packets for all the Eagles tonight. This season is turning into a farce. The draft system is a hinderance leaving the teams who scraped the barrel woefully under-strength. Swindon has an uphill task carrying our reserves. Then we aren't allowed a guest to cover for PK so a rain dance is our only hope.
Really tough on Greaves again as he hits the deck while third in the re-run. Looks like he might have hurt his shoulder.
Robins reserves gate on a 5-1 in heat nine before Halsey slips under the fence in turn three. Harsh on Greaves especially.
Plus, Gustafsson needs to keep impressing. Looked okay so far.
This meeting is as good as over but there's still some pride to retain.
Tractor racing round five is go.
Heat eight: Woodward, Gustafsson (tac), Kylmakorpi, Sedgmen; 58.0 – 4-4 (34-16)
Gustafsson goes outside Kylmakorpi and inside Woodward and looks to have made it stick, but the home skipper bites back.
Second tactical ride goes on Gustafsson in the next one
Heat seven (re-run): Lahti, North, Halsey, Greaves FX; 58.4 – 4-2 (30-12)
After all four riders come back after Greaves fall, the young reserve goes down again but this time clears the track as the hosts take another heat advantage.
Was this a lost cause before we even started? Possibly. Looking like one now though.
Round four of tractor racing already. Six heats gone.
Greaves hit the fence in turn one of heat seven and it's all four back. He was lucky in my opinion as he went down under zero pressure. That was a satisfactory start.
Heat six: Kylmakorpi, Woodward, Batchelor (tac) Morris; 58.6 – 5-1 (26-10)
Going in black and white, Bacthelor can only manage third despite almost taking his friend Woodward into the fence.
Batchelor going in black and white off the outside in heat six
Heat five: Pedersen, Michelsen, North, Sedgmen; 58.6 – 5-1 (21-9)
Gate and go for the Eagles. Sedgmen chased well but no joy before slipping behind his partner.
Tractor racing round two
Heat four: Blackbird, Gustafsson, Woodward, Worrall; 58.0 – 4-2 (16-8)
Gustafsson and Blackbird enjoy a tough battle through the first four turns, which the home reserve eventually wins.
Heat three: Michelsen, Morris, Kylmakorpi, Sedgmen; 58.0 – 4-2 (12-6)
After missing the start, Morris moves past his teammate before making a superb pass on Kylmakorpi stich on the home straight of lap two.
Sedgman's first outing comes off gate one, against Michelsen and Kylmakorpi.
Bob Dugard is out on his tractor after just two heats. This really winds a lot of people up.
Heat two: Blackbird, Halsey, Greaves Worrall; 59.0 – 5-1 (8-4)
Both Eagles gate to a 5-1, as Worrall is held up by his partner as he gives chase.
That was exactly what Gustafsson needed given the amount of pressure he's under right now. More needed though.
Heat one: Gustafsson, Pedersen, Lahti, Batchelor; 57.4 – 3-3 (3-3)
Gustafsson makes a great gate and holds off Pedersen into turn one before roaring to victory. Batchelor can’t pass Lahti.
Pedersen, Lahti, Bacthelor and Gustafsson in heat one.
Two minutes on for heat one
Robins captain Troy Batchelor wins the toss and takes gates one and three in the opening heat, with the Eagles now with the choice of gates in heat 15.
Parade done and now 14 bikes explore the track.
A few screams for Eastbourne asset Simon Gustafsson.
7:28pm Sat 24 May 14
lawnmower man says
cant see us doing to well down there we never perform as its such a horrible track to race on but wish the boys the best of luck
Here come the riders
Edinburgh rider Sam Masters is here tonight in the Robins camp, having driven eight hours today to keep Monarchs teammate and flatmate Justin Sedgmen company during his guest appearance.
A really small looking crowd here tonight. Guessing a mix of the weather and a jam packed sporting TV schedule put a lot of people off.
Nick Morris rides at five tonight, on what appear to be his first appearance here since May 2012. Hopefully he remembers his way round.
Speaking to him a little earlier he admitted the track was pretty wet following this afternoon's rain but "it will be alright."
You can re-live the action from that meeting right here
The Robins came to Eastbourne two years ago in a similar position to this evening, missing Hans Andersen who was at the birth of his first child, and went away with a 48-42 defeat.
On that occasion, however, they were able to use Elite League regular Scott Nicholls as a guest rather than Premier League rider Justin Sedgmen today.
TROY BATCHELOR AT EASTBOURNE IN 2013
I was out the country when these two sides met earlier in the Swindon, but you can live the Robins' heat 15 victory by clicking here
On the subject of Gustafsson, the Swede is in something of the last chance saloon. While it’s not clear just how close Rosco is to pulling the trigger on the second string’s spell in Wiltshire, what is for sure is that he needs a rapid improvement to keep his place.
Having spent five years or so with the Eagles there is no better place for Gustafsson to show what he’s truly capable of.
Alun Rossiter has shuffled his riding order, essentially trying to hide Sedgmen, meaning Troy Batchelor has switched to number one with Nick Morris at five.
Simon Gustafsson rides at number two for the first time after Rosco switched the Swede in order to help him find the form we all know he’s capable of.
i have faith in our boys so i'm going 47-43 or a surprise victory! #adverspeedway— @tapesup1949 24 May 2014
Kildemand's absence is bound to be a huge blow to Swindon this evening, but at least he enjoyed a fruitful trip to Slovakia. The Dane finished second in his qualifier in Zarnovica and now progresses to the Challenge meeting in June.
That rider is club asset Justin Sedgmen who rides for Edinburgh in the second tier, and the Aussie rides at number there tonight.
The big news of course is that there is no Peter Kildemand tonight due to his European Championship commitments in Slovakia.
The BSPA don’t recognise the competition which means no guest or rider replacement facility, with Rossiter’s only option a six-point Premier League rider to fill the void.
Despite heavy rainfall during the day here on the south coast, the sun is out and the sky is blue and we're going to get some speedway.
Good evening one and all and welcome to the Adver’s live coverage of the Robins’ visit to Eastbourne.
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