Date: Tuesday August 10, 2021
PETERBOROUGH took a giant step towards the Premiership play-offs with a sensational 47-43 win at Belle Vue on Monday.
Michael Palm Toft and Bjarne Pedersen were the last heat heroes as they got the Panthers over the finishing line in Manchester after a spectacular battle with Charles Wright, whilst Dan Bewley completed a 17-point haul for the Aces up-front.
Bewley dropped his only point to a remarkable victory from youngster Jordan Palin in Heat 13, but the Panthers proved the more solid side all-round with Palm Toft leading their scores on 12+1.
Peterborough boss Rob Lyon said: “It was absolutely brilliant. We knew it would be tough coming here, it always is, but the boys responded superbly and it was a terrific team effort.
“Obviously we were looking for a 3-3 in Heat 14 to clinch it, which didn’t quite work out, so we took our time in choosing gates for Heat 15. Both Bjarne and Tofty were quick tonight, and they did the business for us.
“Jordan was terrific, he’s had some tough meetings with us recently, but we know what he’s capable of and Heat 13 was probably the best ride of his career I would say.”
Aces captain Steve Worrall said: “I really do feel for Charles. He never once backed down and he came so close to getting that second spot in Heat 15, and he was understandably devastated to miss out.
“The same can be said for all of the boys. Everyone was putting in the effort tonight and we are all disappointed not to have anything to show for that effort.
“But full credit to Peterborough. They came here tonight in good form and rode exceptionally well so we can’t take anything away from them.”
SHEFFIELD stuck a potentially decisive blow in the race for the play-offs with a crucial 49-41 win at direct rivals Ipswich.
The result moved the Tigers four points clear of the Witches in fourth place, and they still have four matches in hand.
Adam Ellis continued his fine form in Sheffield colours with 12+2 and Jack Holder recovered from a slow start to card 11+1 and was unbeaten in his last four outings. They combined for a last-heat 5-1 to secure all four league points, after Danny King had crashed out for Ipswich.
Paul Starke scored 11 for the Witches and King added 10, but a fourth home defeat of the season leaves them in a tough position.
Sheffield boss Simon Stead said: “The fans were amazing. There was rain in the air and yet they turned out in force, it gives us such a big lift when we see them.
“I’m delighted and I’m sure they are too. We rode well as a unit and it’s big result in our aim to make the play-offs.
“We have to beat Wolves at home on Thursday now, we cannot take anything for granted.”
AUSSIE ace Nick Morris produced a stunning unbeaten show as Wolverhampton maintained their winning home run on Monday.
The Premiership leaders beat King’s Lynn 52-28 at Monmore Green as they added three more points to their tally at the top of the table.
Morris scored 13+2 and Luke Becker added 12+1 in a meeting which took place despite a heavy shower in the build-up, whilst Richard Lawson scored 9+2 for the visitors and debutants Kasper Andersen (7+1) and Ben Barker (7) both impressed.
Wolves skipper Rory Schlein said: “It was good that we had Nick and Luke trapping really well in particular because you really did have to trap well tonight.
“It’s nights like that and conditions like that when the rain comes down the way it did where you’re playing roulette.
“But we got through as a team in the end and we’ve come through a tricky spell with seven straight wins.”
Stars boss Alex Brady said: “The track was really tricky and the boys did everything they could.
“I was really pleased with their efforts and I was proud of them – but obviously I’m gutted because going down by 14 is not what we came here to do.
“There were some pleasing aspects and I thought both Ben and Kasper came in and showed they can offer us something different.”
REDCAR’S James Sarjeant is keen to secure a positive result with the Bears when they visit Plymouth tonight (Tuesday) in their first meeting for 16 days.
The play-off chasers have been frustrated by the weather in the past fortnight but race at the Coliseum with Sarjeant, Anders Rowe and Jordan Jenkins all back in the side after Covid and injury absences.
The Bears operate rider replacement for long-term injury victim Jordan Stewart, whilst Plymouth are at full strength.
Sarjeant said: “I have seen a few races online from Plymouth this year and they seem to be dialled in around there, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.
“It will be good to have a busy spell with Redcar after a long break.”
KENT host Edinburgh at Central Park tonight (Tuesday) with the visitors just four points off the top of the table.
An away win would take the Monarchs above Poole and a maximum haul would take them level on points with Glasgow – whilst the Kings are looking to climb off the bottom with a home victory.
Both sides track full-strength line-ups with Kent having suffered two narrow defeats since bringing in Troy Batchelor as their new No.1.
POOLE promoter Matt Ford has described the postponement of Wednesday’s home clash with Redcar as a devastating blow for the club.
Caretaker stadium manager Dave Phoebe has tested positive for Covid-19 meaning the other two full-time employees responsible for activity at Wimborne Road have to self-isolate, with no speedway action this week possible as a result.
Ford said: “We are absolutely devastated that with the school holidays upon us we are not permitted to allow entrance to the stadium without the landlord’s permission.
“We can’t believe how much we regret the situation that has presented itself to us. We have already lost thousands of pounds this season as an aspect of Covid-19 restrictions, and we now encounter this latest problem which is beyond our control.
“We can only apologise to everyone who was looking forward to enjoying the evening’s entertainment this week and a full refund will be made to anyone who has pre-booked tickets, within the next three to five working days.”