Mor­ris mak­ing the most of his Premier chance

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Mark Plum­mer SPEED­WAY COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Ash­ley Mor­ris wants to sam­ple the ti­tle-win­ning feel­ing again . . . and he reck­ons it would be far more spe­cial to lift the Premier League crown with Pan­thers than when help­ing Ed­in­burgh to glory in 2010.

The Bri­tish tal­ent ap­peared in 12 meet­ings for the Monar­chs af­ter be­ing drafted into their team to­wards the end of that cham­pi­onship sea­son as a 16 year-old.

Now22, Mor­ris is on course to en­joy more out­ings than that with Pan­thers in the cur­rent cam­paign af­ter hav­ing his ini­tial short-term spell with the club ex­tended in re­cent days.

The early July ar­rival has been an im­pres­sive per­former at re­serve with only one poor show­ing in eight out­ings for the club to date.

“I had started to give up hope of get­ting back into the Premier League this year,” said Mid­lands-based Mor­ris.

“I’m very grate­ful to Peter­bor­ough for giv­ing me the chance to race at this level again, and I’ve tried to make the most of it.

“It was bad for­tune for Simon Lam­bert to crash and pick up such a se­ri­ous in­jury, but it has worked out for me in this case.

“I’m en­joy­ing my rac­ing and do­ing all I can to score points as we try to get into the play-offs.

“I won the league at Ed­in­burgh and it was a good feel­ing even though I hadn’t been in the team for long.

“It would be even more sat­is­fy­ing to win it again with Peter­bor­ough be­cause we have a great bunch of lads here.”

Mor­ris was thrilled to bounce back from a one-point night­mare in a re­cent home de­feat against Ed­in­burgh with a ter­rific paid 12-point haul to help Pan­thers to a 50-40 suc­cess at Ber­wick last Satur­day night.

And he hopes that vic­tory can pro­vide the cat­a­lyst for a suc­cess­ful cli­max to the reg­u­lar sea­son with Pan­thers hav­ing six meet­ings re­main­ing in which to nail down a top-six fin­ish.

“That was one of my best scores in the Premier League, and cer­tainly the best I’ve ever had up at Ber­wick,” added Mor­ris.

“It was a case of mak­ing some good gates and rid­ing sen­si­bly to rack up the points.

“We’ve had some good re­sults on the road and they have come in very use­ful as to be hon­est we’ ve strug­gled a bit at home.

“I’ve found it tough to find the right set-up at the Show­ground be­cause the track has been chang­ing a lot dur­ing meet­ings and from meet­ing to meet­ing.

“Hope­fully all the boys can start click­ing at home as we’re get­ting to the se­ri­ous part of the sea­son now.

“I’d like to think we can fin­ish in the top six and reach the play-offs from this po­si­tion.”

Ash­ley Mor­ris in ac­tion for Pan­thers.

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