An­other rous­ing fight­back earns Pan­thers a point

Decent point

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Pan­ther­sas­sis­tant­team­man­ager Carl John­son­ad­mit­teda decent point could have been a ter­rific vic­tory last Sun­day night.

The city men clawed their way­back­froma10-point deficit to pile the pres­sure on a Work­ing­ton side yet to be beaten on their home shale this sea­son.

They went into a last-heat de­cider­justtwo­pointsadrift, but pre­vi­ously un­beaten num­ber one Craig Cook and skip­per Ul­rich Oster­gaard couldn’t pro­vide the ad­van­tage re­quired to earn a draw or vic­tory.

John­son said: “It was an­other good per­for­mance and re­sult on the road against a team who are very strong on their own track.

“We could, and prob­a­bly should, have got more than one­league­point, butwewere car­ry­ing a cou­ple of pas­sen­gers andthat’s not some­thing we can af­ford to do.”

Re­serve Zdenek Holub and sec­ond string Tom Perry both drew blanks, but Pan­thers did have good per­for­mances in other ar­eas on a night when World Cup hero Cook spear­headed their charge just 24 hours af­ter help­ing Great Bri­tain to sil­ver medals.

Cook reeled off four suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries back at his lo­cal, and first, club be­fore see­ing his max­i­mum hopes ended by Work­ing­ton num­ber one Ricky Wells in the fi­nale.

Cook’s 14-point haul was well­backedup­byskip­perOster­gaard as he ac­cu­mu­lated 11 points be­fore bring­ing up the rear in the last race.

AshMor­ris, EmilGron­dal andNiko­la­jBuskJakob­se­nall claimed a race win apiece although the lat­ter’s six points was slightly less than Pan­thers re­ally re­quire fromhim with­their­line-up­now­sore­liant on top-end power.

In fact Busk Jakob­sen’s suc­cess in a shared ninth heat was clearly un­ex­pected by the club’s man­age­ment as they chose not to de­ploy him onat­ac­ti­cal ride even­though they were 10 points down at the time.

Theyal­sos­nubbedtheop­por­tu­nity to give it to cap­tain Oster­gaard in the fol­low­ing race when his suc­cess in­spired a 4-2 to launch their fight­back.

It meant they were then un­able to send out Cook for dou­ble-points in heat 11, but they bat­tled back into con­tention any­way­toedgeastep closer to se­cur­ing a play-off berth.

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