Blackbird stars again as Eagles win

Lewis Blackbird

Lewis Blackbird

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Star reserve Lewis Blackbird enjoyed another impressive night as Eastbourne picked up three more home points tonight.

Blackbird dropped just one point in five rides as Eagles beat Leicester 55-36 in the Elite League.

The final margin was harsh on Leicester, who were unlucky to see Jason Doyle excluded in heat 15 before Eagles took a 5-1 in the re-run.

But the hosts were always in charge of the contest and wrapped up maximum points with a race to spare.

Blackbird dropped his only point to vastly experienced Simon Stead, who he had beaten earlier in the meeting.

Woodward had a solid match, featuring in 5-1s in the last two heats, and Mikkel Michelsen came good late on.

Bjarne Pedersen provided a highlight for the hosts off gate one when he fended off Mads Korneliussen’s double-points ride after Rory Schlein had looked to clamp him on the inside.

Eagles: Blackbird 12+2 (5), Woodward 10+1 (5), Michelsen 9+1 (5), Pedersen 7+1 (4), Lahti 6 (4), Kylmakorpi 6 (4), Halsey 5+2 (3).

Leicester: Doyle 10 (5), Schlein 8+2 (5), Kornliussen 8^ (4), Stead 6 (4), Bjerre 3 (4), Clegg 1 (5), Owen 0 (3).

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