French polish shines through
FLYING Frenchman Mat Tresarrieu had mixed emotions after a fine home debut for Panthers.
The new reserve recruit, back in speedway after an absence of around two-and-a-half years, came good late on to finish with 5+3 as Panthers saw off Ipswich 50-39 on Monday.
He had started with two distant last places and admitted: “I didn’t know which bike to use but I obviously picked the wrong one. I changed after two rides and then did well. It was special to make a good start for the club.”
ONE Panthers asset has replaced another at Ipswich.
Claus Vissing has been axed by the Witches after enduring a nightmare at Alwalton on Monday night when he failed to score and twice slammed into the starting tapes.
His place goes to Ales Dryml who lasted only three meetings here before being a victim of Panthers’ big shakeup last week.
AXED Panthers man Lewis Bridger has performed a u-turn by electing to stay at new club Coventry until the end of the season.
The 20 year-old joined the Bees in a swap deal that saw Rory Schlein join the city club as part of both clubs’ major mid-season overhauls.
But Bridger had been widely expected to return to parent club Eastbourne, who had already publicly announced his capture and the fact they were axing former Panthers man Lukas Dryml to make way for Bridger.
However, the former British Under 21 champion, said: “At the beginning of the year I chose to have a season away from Eastbourne and nothing has changed there.”
ADAM Roynon’s horrible run of injuries has continued.
The Cumbrian ace, who was set to ride for Panthers this season until the authorities blocked the move, suffered a broken ankle on Sunday. Roynon crashed while riding for Stoke in a Premier League fixture at Newcastle.
Roynon missed most of 2008 after breaking his leg and was then sidelined for the whole of 2009 with a broken neck sustained in a freak smash at a GB pre-season training get-together.
ONE man back on track after serious injury is Henning Bager.
The popular Dane suffered a badly broken leg in Panthers’ final meeting of last season against Wolverhampton.
It was initially feared he could miss the 2010 campaign, but he is already a couple of weeks into his comeback with Premier League club Redcar.
Bager has been re-united with his old Panthers skipper Gary Havelock in the North-East - and 1992 world champion ‘Havvy’ has backed his old pal to be a success despite a slow start.
He said: “He’s coming back from a bad injury but I know he’ll show us what he can do.”