It’s a Show­ground sham­bles

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

He ripped up the team. He ripped up the track. But he couldn’t rip up­the form­book.

Pan­thers pro­moter Ged Rath­bone’s rad­i­cal re­build failed to reap re­wards as a Work­ing­ton side, with­out a pre­vi­ous win on the road all sea­son, tri­umphed at the Show ground last Fri­day night.

The score line, which knocked them out of the play­off places for the first time all sea­son, ac­tu­ally flat­tered Pan­thers given they were re­liant on a tac­ti­cal ride to drag them­selves back into con­tention from be­ing cast 12 points adrift af­ter just four races.

It was the sort of moun­tain that Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary would have strug­gled to scale, let alone a team reg­u­larly strug­gling on their owns hale.

They did even­tu­ally re­duce their ar­rears to three points thanks to a 5-1 from star duo Ken­neth Bjerre and Craig Cook in heat 13, but any hopes of a fairy­tale fight­back were ended when Ras­mus Jensen in­spired a Work­ing­ton 4-2 in the penul­ti­mate race.

Bjerre’s first Pan­thers ap­pear­ance since 2013 – and his first Premier League out­ing since 2003 – pro­duced a dou­ble-fig­ures score. His dozen points made him the sec­ond­high­est Pan­thers scorer be­hind num­ber one Craig Cook, whose 16+1 haul was boosted by his suc­cess­ful dou­ble­points mis­sion in heat six.

An­ders Thom­sen also de­liv­ered two race vic­to­ries on his way to nine points, but the re­main­ing four mem­bers of the side could man­age only eight be­tween them as they came up short.

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