Eastbourne Eagles bid to halt their worst losing sequence for over two years against Elite League rivals King's Lynn at Arlington Stadium tomorrow night.

If they do, it will be a fitting finale for skipper Martin Dugard, who makes his last home league appearance before hanging up his leathers at the end of the season.

Dugard has top scored in five of the last seven matches, but that has not stopped Eagles crashing to defeat in their last four matches or winning only one of their last four at Arlington.

The latest chapter in the most dismal run since August, 1999, was written on Monday night when the Sussex squad failed to overcome bottom of the table Belle Vue.

Another stand-out display by the club's all-time record points scorer will go a long way to changing things, but it is the Dugard support group who need to buck up.

Eastbourne boss Jon Cook has made it clear that places are up for grabs in next year's team, yet none of the other contenders, with the exception of David Norris, has discovered any consistency.

The fact that tomorrow night's opposition are King's Lynn should be incentive enough after the events of earlier in the season.

Remember the infamous walk-out affair when the East Anglian outfit loaded up their bikes and drove away from Arlington without turning a wheel in anger on the track?

An uneasy peace may have broken out but there is still little love lost between the two clubs. King's Lynn will be without their star man, Jason Crump, which is a pity for the fans. Crump, who won last weekend's Polish Grand Prix and has only Tony Rickardsson in front of him in the race for the world championship, will be riding for Australia against Poland.

The Knights should, however, have new signing Ronni Pedersen in their line-up, which could mean fireworks.

Pedersen, brother of King's Lynn's other Grand Prix man, Nicki Pedersen, is a Danish international.

Eastbourne: Martin Dugard, Brent Werner, David Norris, Toni Svab, Dean Barker, Joonas Kylmakorpi, Roman Povazhny.

King's Lynn: Nikki Pedersen, Tom Madsen, Niklas Klingberg, Ronni Pedersen, guest or rider replacement, Freddie Eriksson, Richard Juul. Start: 7.30pm.

Eastbourne Eaglets ride their last match of the season against Arena Essex at Arlington tomorrow night. Eaglets clinched the Southern Junior League title when they won 21-15 at Arena. Chris Geer scored eight, Barrie Geer and Edward Kennett six and Matt Fern one.

Stefan Andersson has been given a wild card for the Swedish Grand Prix in Stockholm on September 28. It will be the former Eagle's first Grand Prix appearance.

Martin Dugard will represent Eastbourne in the Elite League Riders' Championship at Sheffield next Thursday.