Pan­thers prove far too good for the Ham­mers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by MARK PLUM­MER

PAN­THERS .................. 56 LAKE­SIDE.................... 39

(Elite League A – Pan­thers 3pts, Lake­side 0pts) SPEEDWAY meet­ings don’t come much more one-sided than this.

Pan­thers chose the per­fect oc­ca­sion to high­light their play-off pedi­gree as sec­ond-placed Lake­side were sent pack­ing in re­sound­ing style.

The Ham­mers had trimmed up the city lads at their tiny Pur­fleet track last Fri­day, but the boot was well and truly on the other foot around the awe­some Al­wal­ton bowl.

These two venues could hardly be more dif­fer­ent and nei­ther could the per­for­mances pro­duced by Pan­thers. Their worst night of the sea­son was quickly fol­lowed by one of their very best.

This was pow­er­ful stuff from a team whose sub­stan­tial scorechart was bril­liantly book-ended by the usual high-scor­ing sus­pects - top dog Ken­neth Bjerre and re­serve trump card Krzysztof Buczkowski.

De­spite both of those rid­ers see­ing their hopes of a max­i­mum dashed by for­mer Pan­thers num­ber one Lee Richardson in heat 13, the lit­tle Dane and the livewire Pole took cen­tre stage with 14 and 14+3-point hauls re­spec­tively.

“It must be get­ting ex­pen­sive for our owner Rick Frost hav­ing to pay their wages,” joked team boss Trevor Swales. “But in all se­ri­ous­ness both boys have been ab­so­lutely bril­liant for us.

“When you have your top man and a re­serve per­form­ing as they are, you are onto a win­ner.”

That is even more the case when you have three other rid­ers weigh­ing with solid con­tri­bu­tions just as Pan­thers did last night when pro­vid­ing the first 10 heat win­ners.

Aus­tralian ace Rory Sch­lein – the fig­ure­head of the club’s re­cent re­vamp – con­tin­ued his elec­tric start to life in Peter­bor­ough colours with a third suc­ces­sive dou­ble-fig­ures dis­play, coun­try­man Troy Batch­e­lor sug­gested he is re­turn­ing to some­thing like his best and ‘Fly­ing French­man’ Mat Tre­sar­rieu did his bit with a steady night at re­serve.

The only ma­jor blem­ish on a near-ex­em­plary copy­book was the dis­play of Kamil Br­zo­zowski who racked up an un­wanted hat-trick of point­less per­for­mances since his ar­rival last week.

Br­zo­zowski, who was again aboard bor­rowed equip­ment, was a se­ri­ous ri­val to reg­u­lar Show­ground slouch Daniel Davids­son for the du­bi­ous hon­our of be­ing the slow­est man on track.

Davids­son was a shock­ing Pan­thers sign­ing back in 2005 and still nav­i­gates the place at a snail’s pace, al­though he did man­age one points­pay­ing fin­ish last night.

Pan­thers quickly built up a com­mand­ing cush­ion cour­tesy of a hat­trick of early heat max­i­mums.

Buczkowski played a star­ring role in that se­quence, lead­ing home re­serve part­ner Tre­sar­rieu in the sec­ond con­test be­fore fol­low­ing in the slip­stream of Bjerre in heat four.

In be­tween the Aussie duo of Sch­lein and Batch­e­lor breezed to vic­tory over the Davids­son broth­ers, but the run of home dom­i­nance ended when Batch­e­lor was slow away from the tapes in heat five and then squeezed out in the open­ing bend.

That sparked a run of shared heats in which Pan­thers con­tin­ued to pro­vide the win­ners, but also had men com­ing home at the rear.

Lake­side cut their ar­rears to 10 points when Kauko Niem­i­nen pock­eted four points from a tac­ti­cal ride mis­sion in heat eight.

The Finn had looked the pick of the op­po­si­tion in the open­ing half of the meet­ing, but he was no match for Buczkowski as the Ham­mers claimed a mar­ginal 5-3 ad­van­tage.

Batch­e­lor took a first vic­tory of the night and Sch­lein suf­fered a first de­feat as Pan­thers tri­umphed in a bat­tle of four Aus­tralians to strike straight back with a 4-2.

Then Bjerre and Buczkowski streaked to an­other max­i­mum in the next to ef­fec­tively put the meet­ing to bed by the in­ter­val.

That state­ment still ap­plied af­ter Richardson had fi­nally given the small band of Lake­side fol­low­ers some­thing to cheer by tak­ing the flag when don­ning the black and white hel­met in heat 11.

That did spark a flurry of late vic­to­ries for the beaten vis­i­tors with Richardson again do­ing the hon­ours in heat 13 and Jonas Davids­son (the some­what speed­ier sib­ling of Daniel) claim­ing the scalp of Batch­e­lor in the penul­ti­mate con­test.

The Ham­mers would also have signed off with a Richardson vic­tory but for some cruel me­chan­i­cal grem­lins within me­tres of the fin­ish line, but this was Pan­thers’ night from start to fin­ish.

COM­PLET­ING A HAT-TRICK: Rory Sch­lein en route to vic­tory in heat seven, his third suc­ces­sive win

RED LIGHT: Heat nine was twice stopped with Troy Batch­e­lor in front but he went on to win the re-run.

BRIL­LIANT BJERRE: Ken­neth Bjerre leads heat six, one of four wins on the night.

Pic­tures: PAUL FRANKS

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