Poole's on-song reserve Adam Ellis is to expand his racing commitments having agreed to ride for the Eastbourne Eagles in the third tier of British Speedway.
For the first time in four visits to the Arena Essex Raceway a Poole side left pointless as the Lakeside Hammers turned a six point deficit into a 50-40 league victory in a traffic delayed meeting.
Having claimed their 1,150th all-time league win on Wednesday night with a 57-33 Wimborne Road triumph over Lakeside, the Pirates travel to Essex on Friday for what promises to be a stern test.
A steady Noah's Ark style start saw defending league champions Poole build an early lead, two-by-two, over current league leaders Lakeside in a hastily run meeting to try and allow travelling fans to beat the road closures planned for 10pm at Ringwood.
Poole's planned revised trip to Swindon on Thursday 14th April will no longer go ahead and will be subject to a further rescheduling.
The ReadyPower Pirates face a barren week of team action with no meetings this week.
Poole ReadyPower Pirates hopes of resuming rivalries with the Swindon Robins on Easter Sunday were dashed when the meeting was postponed at 9.30am.
Poole ReadyPower Pirates launched their Elite league title defence in the most emphatic manner with a 30 point demolition job on rivals Swindon to make the perfect start to their Easter weekend.
The Pirates have been rocked by late news from trackside ahead of tonight's Elite Shield second leg at Coventry with number one Chris Holder being forced to withdraw due to illness.
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