No match for ta­ble-top­ping Rebels

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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