A point is not be sniffed at

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

A home draw against a nextto-bot­tom side might or­di­nar­ily be­classed as a dis­as­ter for a team chas­ing a play-off place, but in their cur­rent sit­u­a­tion a point is not to be sniffed at for Pan­thers.

The city side boast the sec­ond-worst home record in the Premier League (only rock-bot­tom Scun­thorpe have picked up fewer points on their own shale) and are also in a mis­er­able run of only one win in seven meet­ings.

Of course, fail­ing to beat strug­gling Red­car is hardly a strong ad­ver­tise­ment of play-off cre­den­tials, but at least this one-off Pan­thers team, con­tain­ing two in­com­ing and two out­go­ing riders, didn’t lose again.

They looked set for a good night when the de­part­ing Ash­ley Mor­ris teamed up with Craig Cook for a 5-1 in the opener and that was fol­lowed­bya4-2inthenex­trace when­newre­cruitDan­nyHal- sey bagged his first (and only) point to date as re­serve part­ner Zdenek Holub took the first of his two wins in a much-im­proved show­ing.

Bu­tade­lay­for­re­pair­work on part of the track al­lowed Red­car to re­group and backto-back 5-1s left Pan­thers with a nar­row deficit which was wiped out when skip­per Ul­rich Oster­gaard led home­the­back-again An­ders Thom­sen for a max­i­mum of their own in heat five.

The two-point cush­ion was then pre­served be­fore be­ing dou­bled when Cook took the flag in a heat 10 re­run with Mor­ris hav­ing to limp round aboard a sick bike for the fi­nal lap to se­cure a point in his fi­nal race for the club.

But any thoughts of a steady Pan­thers run to vic­tory fromthat­pointwere­dis­missed­im­me­di­atelyafterthe in­ter­val­whenRed­car­cap­tain DavidBel­le­goandim­pres­sive re­serve Jye Etheridge bagged a5-1 over Niko­laj BuskJakob­sen, whose­farewellper­for­mance summed up his sea­son.

Par­i­tyre­mained­fromthat mo­men­tonasBel­le­go­proved to be a key maninthe­clos­ing stages by com­plet­ing a hat­trick of win­swhen­tak­ingthe flag in heat 13 and a win­ner­takes-all (or nei­ther-side­takes-the-win, as it turned out) fi­nale.

Zdenek Holub on his way to vic­tory in heat two against Red­car.

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