It’s bet­ter late than never

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Scrap­ing through a last-heat de­cider against rock-bot­tom vis­i­tors might not or­di­nar­ily be some­thing to boast about.

But, where Pan­thers were con­cerned on Mon­day night, it was an out­come worth cel­e­brat­ing as they kept their hopes of a Premier League play-off spot alive.

The city men avoided the ig­nominy of an eighth East of Eng­land Show­ground de­feat of the sea­son when just about tak­ing care of busi­ness against Rye House.

Re­cent sign­ing Ken­neth Bjerre and back-on-song skip­per Ul­rich Oster­gaard roared to a 5-1 in a heat 15 re-run af­ter both Rock­ets rid­ers crashed out of the ini­tial stag­ing.

Cameron Heeps, the only man to beat Bjerre on the night, came off worst af­ter tak­ing eva­sive ac­tion when part­ner Stu­art Rob­son spec­tac­u­larly lost con­trol just in front of him.

Rob­son was un­scathed, but ex­cluded, whereas Heeps left the track in an am­bu­lance with con­cus­sion and mus­cle dam­age to a leg.

It meant the vis­i­tors had to call in high-scor­ing re­serve Rob Bran­ford for the re-run, but he could only watch on from the rear as Bjerre and Oster­gaard surged to a vi­tal suc­cess.

Oster­gaard’s re­turn to form with paid 13 was prob­a­bly the most sat­is­fy­ing as­pect of this vic­tory, which proved to be any­thing but a dod­dle as Pan­thers found them­selves be­hind three times.

But­the only thing that mat­tered was that the city side led at the end of the night.

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