King Kenneth rules again with another scorching record at Alwalton
KENNETH Bjerre led Panthers back into the Elite League playoff places last night with another scorching track record-breaking showing – but then admitted nothing less than a top-two finish will do for him.
The city side sit fourth after a come-from-behind 50-39 triumph over Ipswich in an Alwalton thriller which was ignited by Bjerre’s fastest-ever performance of 58.8 seconds in the opener.
Demanding Dane Bjerre, who lowered his own record set little over a fortnight earlier, and reserve ace Krzysztof Buczkowski both delivered paid 17-point displays with new recruits Rory Schlein and Mat Tresarrieu also chipping in with crucial contributions.
Stand-in captain Bjerre said: “I didn’t realise how fast it was the last time I set the track record, but last night I knew it was really quick. I made one little mistake so I still think it is possible to go a little bit better still.
“It was a very hard night and Ipswich put up a really big fight, but we got all three points in the end and that is a must at home.
“We are back in the play-off places now but we have to set ourselves the target of finishing in the top two. That is where I think we should be.”
Panthers are unbeaten on their own shale this term and can improve their prospects further when taking on Lakeside at the Showground on Thursday.