No match for table-topping Rebels
It was highly unlikely that Russell Grant and his stargazing pals would be required to predict the outcome of this meeting.
A table-topping Somerset team, who still possess a perfect league record this season, extended their hot streak against Panthers to 10 successive victories stretching back to 2014.
It would have been a home banker on the pools coupon if there was such a thing in speedway!
The city side were actually pretty competitive early on as their three race wins and one heat advantage all arrived in the opening third of their latest Friday night to forget at the Oaktree Arena.
They bounced back from conceding a 5-1 in the first instalment thanks to an Ashley Morris victory in a shared second heat.
Emil Gr o nd al’ s triumph in the next race inspired their sole gain as skipper Ulrich Ostergaard came in third.
Guest number one Matej Kus then took the flag in heat five on his way to a top-scoring 10 points, but the home side soon seized control.
Two Rebels 5-1s in the space of three races left Panthers facing a double-figures deficit and their plight only worsened when a Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen tactical ride in heat nine backfired.
The Dane could only manage third place behind home pair Paul Starke and Charles Wright – an outcome which all but ended any hopes of a comeback.
And Somerset flexed their muscles to fire in four more advantages in the final five races to cast Panthers adrift.