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Eastbourne v Poole 29th May 2021 Championship

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Eastbourne new what to do for heat 15 and won it 

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Can't wait to read SS match report on tonight's meeting, normally a good account of the Poole team?

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Just got home from the trip to Arlington. It was great to catch up with old friends and importantly get to see an actual meeting.

Great weather and a decent meeting apart from the result of course.

Well done to the Eagles who came back and snatched the win at the death. We gave you a run for your money and concedering Ben Cook and Zane Keleher have never seen Arlington before it was a close call.

Gates 1&3 in heat 15 gave the home team an advantage and once Lawson and Kerr gated it was all over by bend 2.

Early days yet for all teams and look forward to the home fixture with the Eagles and hopefully revenge.

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36 minutes ago, Richard Weston said:

That's how to break the Pirates' hearts.

 

Hearts not broken just a little disappointed my friend.

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Well that was gutting. Poole by far the better team considering two of the riders have never set foot inside Arlington before. Eastbourne scrapped home by winning the toss at the start of the meeting and choosing heat 15. That gave them the 1 and 3 needed to get home by a point.

There was some decent racing in front of what looked like a healthy crowd though the official gate was exactly 1000.

Nice to catch up with many friendly faces again after a long layoff.

Middlo clearly not wanting to make any tactical changes tonight although Hume for Cook in heat 12 was screaming to be done. And why did the ref excluded Cook when it looked like from where we were that Kemp knocked him off?

For Poole

Schlein was OK. First meeting in a while so didn’t expect too much.

Keleher had never seen the place. Gated ok but just couldn’t get to grips with the track and struggled badly with bend 2.

Worrall was very good. Can’t fault his effort with plenty of passing. Just outgated in heat 15.

Neilsen tried all night.

King was good value but on the graveyard 4 in heat 15.

Cook found it very tough. First visit but tried hard.

Hume was good value. Should really have had an extra ride.

Plengy to come from this Pirates side, though patience will be required to give our new riders a chance to bed in.

For Eastbourne.

They got lucky. 
 

The home crowd went home happy but deep down they knew they got out of jail due to a coin toss and Poole giving all their riders their full quota.

Nice touch to have a minutes silence for covid victims and Jon Cook, which was observed perfectly.

 

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Your lot did do well with 2 first timers at the the track.

But lucky?

You mean the sort of luck with Tom Brennan having a seized engine whilst nailed on for a win & another EF when 2nd?

 

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Mostly accurate Steve. I was cursing Eddie Kennett’s performance, (when will he stop looking behind ?!), but I think Tom Brennan’s two mechanical failures helped put Poole in front for most of the evening. The rest was swings and roundabouts.

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Nice to see Paul losing in the lower league, Manchester United of speedway should be walking these fixtures surely.

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4 hours ago, Steve Shovlar said:

Well that was gutting. Poole by far the better team considering two of the riders have never set foot inside Arlington before. Eastbourne scrapped home by winning the toss at the start of the meeting and choosing heat 15. That gave them the 1 and 3 needed to get home by a point.

There was some decent racing in front of what looked like a healthy crowd though the official gate was exactly 1000.

Nice to catch up with many friendly faces again after a long layoff.

Middlo clearly not wanting to make any tactical changes tonight although Hume for Cook in heat 12 was screaming to be done. And why did the ref excluded Cook when it looked like from where we were that Kemp knocked him off?

For Poole

Schlein was OK. First meeting in a while so didn’t expect too much.

Keleher had never seen the place. Gated ok but just couldn’t get to grips with the track and struggled badly with bend 2.

Worrall was very good. Can’t fault his effort with plenty of passing. Just outgated in heat 15.

Neilsen tried all night.

King was good value but on the graveyard 4 in heat 15.

Cook found it very tough. First visit but tried hard.

Hume was good value. Should really have had an extra ride.

Plengy to come from this Pirates side, though patience will be required to give our new riders a chance to bed in.

For Eastbourne.

They got lucky
 

The home crowd went home happy but deep down they knew they got out of jail due to a coin toss and Poole giving all their riders their full quota.

Nice touch to have a minutes silence for covid victims and Jon Cook, which was observed perfectly.

 

Oh how I`ve missed a Steve Shovlar balanced match report.

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Nothing has changed for kennett in 2 seasons, totally unreliable in the races that matter.

Shame for brennan who had looked really fast and his 5 lost points let poole pinch an away one.

Poole should be pleased really, i dont think many sides will get one at arlo this yr

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What A Night.  Very encouraging for the season but.

Kennett must sort his engine problems out

Lawson had similar problems first two races but did get it right after that

Kerr played a captains role and kept it together whilst the problems were mounting

Newman a bit rusty but put in a determined shift

Edwards improving fast did well and  should go far

Kemp struggled a bit but will contain most reserves

TOM BRENNAN  rider of the night for me, Beat Schlein hands down in heat one but engine blew on last lap and presented Poole a 5-0 then in

his last ride gave Worrell a good run and was robbed of 2nd by another engine failure yards from the tapes. Should have been 11 points form 12 

Despite almost exactly 2 years since his last Arlington match due to injury and covid he just keeps getting better.

POOLE  :   Got their tails up and took advantage of their good fortune.  They have a good team and when the two new Australians have more experience

they will be one of the front runners.  Barring accidents it looks almost certain that both these teams will be in the play off's  

 

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Dont like losing  to Eastbourne at all, so consider it a moral victory. I will happily take an away point from this meeting. .

Ok, we got a little lucky with Brennans problems, but thats not our fault.

All our lads had a least one good ride each which is encouraging.

Very pleased with Danyon Humes performance. Ive liked watching him in the NL and even more pleased that hes at Poole. For RS to score 5pts there is a great effort. Not many will do that.

Encouraging start.

 

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Humes deserved another ride but clearly it was decided that we would make no rider changes in this meeting. If Humes had been used in heat 12 I feel sure Poole would have won by a point.

Will give a mention to Brennan who is certainly one for the future and this could well be a very good year for the lad. One EF is unfortunate. Two is bad maintenance or prep and he needs to sort his pit crew out there. Knows the quickest way around Arlington and used the inside line out of bend two which our Aussies found impossible. Only Steve Worrall for Poole used it.

Good news for Poole is that if we have to go there in a playoff situation the place will hold little fear. Feel confident we would see Eastbourne off over two legs. Our Aussies will find the shape of the Poole track much more to their liking.

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4 minutes ago, Steve Shovlar said:

Humes deserved another ride but clearly it was decided that we would make no rider changes in this meeting. If Humes had been used in heat 12 I feel sure Poole would have won by a point.

Will give a mention to Brennan who is certainly one for the future and this could well be a very good year for the lad. One EF is unfortunate. Two is bad maintenance or prep and he needs to sort his pit crew out there. Knows the quickest way around Arlington and used the inside line out of bend two which our Aussies found impossible. Only Steve Worrall for Poole used it.

Good news for Poole is that if we have to go there in a playoff situation the place will hold little fear. Feel confident we would see Eastbourne off over two legs. Our Aussies will find the shape of the Poole track much more to their liking.

Early days but I rather think you snatched defeat from the jaws of victory there, it remains to be seen if it’s going to be costly.

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