‘It felt like a walk of shame’ says axed man Perry

Four Pan­thers riders were re­leased at the week­end as pro­moter Ged Rath­bone wielded the axe on a side strug­gling to hold onto a play-off place. spoke to those four riders.

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Big crash a big fac­tor in a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son . . .

He said: “The club have to dowhattheyfeel is right to try to win things.

“There have been a few is­sues here with the track, changes of team­man­agerand shift­ing riders too early.

“My­bad­crashatP­ly­mouth re­ally af­fected me. I felt hun­gry and quick be­fore that hap­pened in May, but I took a re­ally big bang to the head.

“It took me a while to get over it and it has not been a sea­son I want to re­mem­ber for too long.” A su­per start fol­lowed by strug­gles and an un­usual exit for the Bri­tish rider, who is be­ing linked with a move to Ber­wick . . . He said: “No rider ever wants to get dropped, but I have to ad­mit I wasn’t scor­ing points.

“I’m proud of the way I boosted my av­er­age in the early part of the sea­son, but it wasal­so­go­ing­to­be­toughtogo into the­main­body­of­theteam af­ter be­ing out in­jured.

“I wanted to move up and keep­pro­gress­ing, but­my­con­fi­dence has dropped. I’ve got no bad feel­ing to­wards Peter­bor­ough and the club have helped me a lot.

“It was a strange feel­ing to go out in front of the fans af­ter be­in­gre­leased. It felt more­like a walk of shame, but the club were keen for us to do it.” Ma­jor in­vest­ment has not led to big re­sults for the Dan­ish club as­set . . . Gron­dal said: “Peter­bor­ough is my first club in the UK and I love it here, but this sea­son has not gone the way I wanted it to. “I’ve spent thou­sands of pound­so­nengi­ne­sand­e­quip- ment, bu­titjusthasn’tworked out for me.

“My per­for­mances have not­been­good­e­noughandI’ve been let­ting the team down. I just hope I’ll be back one day in the­fu­ture­and­get­toride­for the club and the fans again. The Mid­lands man is an un­for­tu­nate ca­su­alty of the num­bers game af­ter im­press­ing dur­ing his seven weeks with the club. He is now ex­pected to join New­cas­tle . . . Mor­ris said: “I’ve gone out and given my all in ev­ery race since I joined Peter­bor­ough. “I wanted to prove I could ride at this level and I feel I’ve done that. “I’ve learned the hard way over the years that speed­way is a num­bers game. “I ac­cept that and there are cer­tainly no hard feel­ings to­wards Peter­bor­ough af­ter they gave me the chance to come in.” It is rare for the in­ter­val to be the most mem­o­rable part of a speed­way meet­ing, but that was the case at the East of Eng­land Show­ground last Fri­day night.

Pro­moter Ged Rath­bone chose the break af­ter heat 10 in which to an­nounce the re­lease­oft­worid­ers(TomPerry and Emil Gron­dal) and their re­place­ments(An­der­sThom­sen and Danny Halsey) – the first half of a ma­jor team rebuild.

The un­usual tim­ing was no doubt a ploy to keep on side a set of sup­port­ers be­com­ing more and more disil- lu­sioned with ev­ery pass­ing race, as much as the of­fi­cial line of giv­ing the out­go­ing pair the chance to re­ceive a good send-off from fans.

Bothcer­tain­ly­did­get­that, but other out­breaks of ap­plause on an­other mis­er­able Al­wal­ton night were few and far be­tween. The Pan­thers faith­ful had seen their team blown away by a classy New­cas­tle out­fit whoslammedin five 5-1s in the space of seven races.

The vis­i­tors’ ad­van­tage grew to a max­i­mum of 18 points be­fore Craig Cook com­pleted a suc­cess­ful tac­ti­cal ride, and the number one was the only home rider to emerge with any sort of credit as Pan­thers fell to a sixth Show­ground­loss of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Cook launched his 17-point haul with the fastest time of the sea­son in heat one although his 58.9 ef­fort was soon equalled by vis­it­ing rider Steve Wor­rall a few races later.

Ash­ley Mor­ris on his way to vic­tory in heat one against Red­car.

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