Poole Pirates manager Neil Middleditch nervy ahead of final


Poole Pirates team manager Neil Middleditch says he is "apprehensive" ahead of his side's meeting with Eastbourne Eagles in the Elite League Grand Final second leg on Monday.

The Eagles take an eight-point lead into the meeting from the first leg.

And Middleditch also adds he hopes his side can make up for the disappointment of missing out on glory last season.

"I'm apprehensive but looking forward to it, it is going to be a big one," Middleditch told BBC Radio Solent.

Australian Davey Watt suffered a fall in their first-leg defeat by Eastbourne and Middleditch says Poole's captain will be given as long as possible to recover from that shoulder injury.

"Davey has been having ice therapy on that shoulder and we will be leaving the decision on whether he races until the last minute," added Middleditch.

Middleditch feels Monday's clash is too close to call, but could hopefully set them up for a league and cup double.

"Eastbourne are a good unit and they proved that by finishing second in the league," he said.

"It could go either way, it's on a knife edge. Our home form isn't very good good, we slipped up against Belle Vue and Eastbourne but hopefully we are going to have a full team and show them what we have got.

"After last year's disappointment the boys really want to make up for it. Some of the boys didn't really turn up against Eastbourne so hopefully they will be on top form on Monday.

"It's the start of a big week. We could do the league and cup double or we could do neither. A double would be a dream come true for us."

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