The Lakeside Hammers laid claim to the local bragging rights - but only just.
They were made to work hard for their eventual 47-43 victory by Sussex rivals, the Eastbourne ‘Lifestyle Eagles’ at Purfleet’s Arena Essex Raceway on Friday evening, writes Kevin Ling.
For the second time this week, following the narrow 45-44 defeat at Leicester on Monday night, the Eagles appeared to have their hosts well and truly on the ropes as they held a sizeable lead, one that stood at 8-points (25-17) at the end of heat seven and still at the half dozen mark, 33-27 with only five races left to run.
It appeared that the elusive away victory that their travel weary supporters had craved might yet be on the cards, and better still, as close to home as it gets, against their local rivals and the team immediately above them in the Elite League table, the Hammers of Lakeside.
Sadly however, such hopes would soon be deflated in a resurgent final five heats by the home side, a brace of 5-1s in eleven and thirteen, both unfortunately against Eagles talisman Bjarne Pedersen who until them had ridden unbeaten by an opponent, saw the Hammers take a lead for the first time on the night, 40-38 with two left to run.
Read more: Eagles Hammers Match Report