There’s still more to come from Rory

SPEEDWAY: Pan­thers in crunch clash away at Wolver­hamp­ton tonight

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by MARK PLUM­MER

RORY Sch­lein has an­nounced his ar­rival at Pan­thers amid a blaze of points – but he’s still not sat­is­fied.

The Aus­tralian star was the ma­jor cap­ture in a mid-sea­son makeover of the city side. Sch­lein was im­me­di­ately snapped up when club bosses learned of his re­lease from then-bot­tom club Coven­try.

He has re­sponded by rack­ing up a fine haul of 37 points in just three meet­ings for his new club, but he goes into tonight’s tele­vised show­down at Elite League play-off ri­vals Wolver­hamp­ton (7.30pm) still search­ing for more.

Sch­lein said: “It’s been good so far, but it could have been bet­ter.

“I’m pleased to have put in three scores in dou­ble-fig­ures – es­pe­cially as I’m still try­ing to dial my­self in to the Show­ground track - but I could have had more points in ev­ery meet­ing.

“The scor­ing has been there but I need to put in some work on my starts be­cause I haven’t been get­ting away from the tapes.

“If I can get that sorted I should be good to carry on get­ting dou­ble­fig­ures. I won a race on Thurs­day in un­der 60 sec­onds and Trevor Swales said any rider that can man­age that is not do­ing a lot wrong.

“But I’m al­ways look­ing to im­prove. I’m that kind of rider - even if I get a max­i­mum I’ll try and find a fault some­where!”

Sch­lein’s pur­suit of per­fec­tion will con­tinue when Pan­thers make their sec­ond visit of the sea­son to Mon­more Green.

The teams go into bat­tle locked on 25 points in the Elite League ta­ble with Wolver­hamp­ton hold­ing third spot by virtue of their su­pe­rior points dif­fer­ence.

The Mon­more men also have two meet­ings in hand on Pan­thers who can ill af­ford to lose any ground tonight.

Sch­lein wasn’t around when they were bashed 55-40 last month, but he does boast plenty of ex­cel­lent past ex­pe­ri­ence in the Black Coun­try.

Sch­lein man­aged 13 points when pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ers Coven­try were beaten there 56-38 and also scored eight in a pre-sea­son chal­lenge fix­ture which re­sulted in a nar­row 4743 loss which would have earned a con­so­la­tion point in Elite League rac­ing.

And that’s the very least Sch­lein hopes to be leav­ing with later to­day. He added: “I’ve done plenty of laps at Wolver­hamp­ton in my time.

“At Coven­try we had a lot of chal­lenge matches against them as well as league meet­ings, so it is a track I know pretty well.

“I had my trap­ping boots on last time I was there and hope­fully that will be the case again.

“Pro­vid­ing we all score our quota of points and are fir­ing on all cylin- ders, I don’t see any rea­son why we shouldn’t bring back at least a point.

“The one thing we have to do is avoid last places. If we man­age that, we will keep our­selves in con­tention all night.”

Sch­lein in­sists a line should be drawn through a 58-37 drub­bing – the club’s worst de­feat of the sea­son – in their last away out­ing at Lake­side.

He con­tin­ued: “We had three new rid­ers in that night and two of them were rac­ing there for the first time. Lake­side is a very tough place to go so I don’t think too much should be read into that re­sult.” Teams Wolver­hamp­ton: Fred­die Lind­gren, Ty Proc­tor, Ni­co­lai Klindt, Adam Sko­r­nicki, Tai Woffinden, Matt Wethers, Lud­vig Lind­gren.

Pan­thers: Ken­neth Bjerre, Rider re­place­ment for Kamil Br­zo­zowski, Rory Sch­lein, Troy Batch­e­lor, Guest, Mat Tre­sar­rieu, Krzysztof Buczkowski.

PAN­THERS skip­per Niels Kris­tian Iversen hopes to re­turn to ac­tion on Thurs­day night in the club’s KO Cup quar­ter-fi­nal first leg away at Swin­don.

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