A faultless 18 point maximum for Eastbourne's guest Mark Loram could not deny the Oxford Silver Machine picking up their eighth straight home win as they continue to push for Elite League glory.

Loram was guesting for the injured Nicki Pedersen and was a more than adequate replacement for the World Champion. His riding was faultless and even when he was beaten from the gate he was able to find a way through. It was not enough for the eagles however as apart from David Norris, and to a lesser extent Adam Shields, there was no substance to the Eastbourne side.

In total contrast the Silver Machine demonstrated their dominance on their home territory this season and the meeting was something of a stroll in the park for them. Oxford took the lead in the very first heat and the result was never really in doubt. The Silver Machine registered four maximum heat wins and managed to overcome two tactical rides from the visitors.

Greg Hancock top scored with paid eleven, but no member of the Silver Machine scored less than paid eight demonstrating the strength in depth of this years young and exciting team.

With three important matches coming up over the next week, Oxford must continue their home form when they take on the Peterborough Panthers at Cowley on Monday evening. They then face away trips to Arena Essex on Wednesday and then Coventry on Thursday. Oxford have yet to win away and need to pick up some away points if they are to continue their push for Elite League honours.



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