Pan­thers rid­ers cer­tainly seem to like play­ing away

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

So much for speed­way be­ing the sport where teams never lose at home and never win away . . .

That’s clearly not a script which has been passed to a Pan­thers team who have slumped five times on their own East of Eng­land Show­ground shale in 2016 alone.

But, luck­ily, they’re rather good on the road as this sixth suc­cess of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions again high­lighted last Satur­day night.

Five of those have ar­rived in the Premier League with this tri­umph at Shielfield Park be­ing the third of them to be worth the max­i­mum avail­able four points.

It was also enough to en­sure the city men climbed back into third spot in the stand­ings with only six meet­ings of the reg­u­lar sea­son re­main­ing. The bad news for Pan­thers is that four of them are at home!

Pan­thers’ lat­est vic­tory on their trav­els was in­spired by three rid­ers pro­duc­ing dou­ble-fig­ure scores.

Num­ber one Craig Cook claimed a 14-point haul while Dan­ish ace Niko­laj Busk Jakob­sen en­joyed a fine move into the num­ber four berth with 11+1.

And that tally was matched down at re­serve by Ash­ley Mor­ris, who cel­e­brated the ex­ten­sion of his ini­tial, shot-term stay with the club by pro­duc­ing his big­gest score yet.

The open­ing seven races all ended in dead­lock which will no doubt have been a source of frus­tra­tion for Pan­thers given they pro­vided five of the win­ners.

They even­tu­ally hit the front when Emil Gron­dal led home Mor­ris for a tapes-to-flag 5-1 in heat eight. It was the victor’s only points-scor­ing ride of the night, but a hugely valu­able one.

Pan­thers edged fur­ther clear when Busk Jakob­sen and Tom Perry se­cured a 4-2 in a heat 10 re-run af­ter Ban­dits rider Dawid Stachyra was ex­cluded from the ini­tial stag­ing fol­low­ing a spill.

A fur­ther 5-1 from Mor­ris (whose11+1 haul washis best for the­club) and Perry in heat 12 left them 10 points to the good and vic­tory was se­cured when Cook worked his way through from last to first in a shared 13th heat.

Busk Jakob­sen then in­spired a 4-2 in the penul­ti­mate race with Mor­ris back in third to seal all four league points.

Cook missed out on a max­i­mum in the fi­nale af­ter win­ning his pre­vi­ous four races, but that did lit­tle to dampen the joy for Pan­thers, who look well placed to clinch a play­off spot for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son.

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