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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

So much for speedway be­ing a sport where teams never lose at home . . .

Pan­thers slipped to their fifth East of Eng­land Show­ground de­feat of the 2016 sea­son last Sun­day when be­ing put to the sword by the reign­ing cham­pi­ons.

Fingers of blame were again pointed at the con­di­tion of the Al­wal­ton sur­face which rapidly be­came slick er than the home riders de­sire.

But the most salient point of this one-sided con­test was the abil­ity of a 17 year-old visit­ing re­serve to de­liver a 10+2 re­turn which matched the com­bined ef­forts of four Pan­thers men.

That young­ster, Dan Bew­ley, looks a se­ri­ous tal­ent whereas the cur­rent city septet looks se­ri­ously weak.

Pan­thers started well enough with a Craig Cook-- in­spired 4-2 in the opener but there was an early turn­ing point as a 5-1 ad­van­tage be­came a 4-2 deficit in the space of three-quar­ters of a lap in heat two.

Ash­ley Mor­ris hit me­chan­i­cal prob­lems when lead­ing and re­tired be­fore Zdenek Holub was un­able to pre­vent Bew­ley from dart­ing down his in­side to hit the front.

That proved to bethe first of four suc­ces­sive Mon­archs gains as back-to-back 5-1s fol­lowed ahead of a 3-2 to the vis­i­tors in a bizarre heat five in which there were only two fin­ish­ers.

And an­other Ed­in­burgh 5-1 in heat eight, from Bew­ley and Mark Riss, car­ried them 11 points clear and Pan­thers team boss Carl John­son im­me­di­ately de­ployed skip­per Ulrich Oster­gaard on a tac­ti­cal ride.

But he could only man­age se­cond spot in a 5-3 out­come which still left Pan­thers nine points down with six races to go.

And they never looked like sal­vaging the sit­u­a­tion with the Mon­archs’ seal­ing vic­tory with two races to spare.

Ash­ley Mor­ris leads the way in heat two . . . be­fore re­tir­ing with me­chan­i­cal prob­lems.

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