Panthers thrashed at Brandon

PATCHED-UP Panthers endured a night to forget at Coventry on Friday - as the Bees continued their recent good run with a convincing home win.

Coventry 58 Peterborough 34

PATCHED-UP Panthers endured a night to forget at Coventry on Friday - as the Bees continued their recent good run with a convincing home win.

Rory Schlein starred on his old stomping ground with three late wins, and Kenneth Bjerre added two of his own, but they were in the last five races of the night when the Bees had already secured the points.

Panthers were undoubtedly weakened by the double-effect of using rider-replacement for GP Challenge competitor Niels-Kristian Iversen, along with the injury absence of Troy Batchelor.

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His guest replacement Kenni Larsen tried hard but suffered as with many of his team-mates on a night where if it could go wrong, it did.

Panthers trailed by eight points after three heats but could still have got back into the meeting and they looked set for a 5-1 in Heat 4 - only for Norbert Kosciuch to slam into Larsen on the back straight and be disqualified. Larsen, with damaged machinery, failed to beat the time allowance for the re-run and the Bees collected a 4-2.

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Worse followed when Bjerre led Heat 5 for double points until Krzysztof Buczkowski crashed on the second lap. In the re-run, Bjerre’s six points became one when he was edged out on the first lap by Ben Barker and then on the third by a fine ride from Edward Kennett.

Panthers then conceded a string of race advantages and were staring at a huge defeat when they trailed 44-18 after ten heats.

But their top two on the night fashioned a creditable response, particularly with Schlein’s effort to work his way to the front of Heat 12, passing Richard Sweetman on the last lap, and then to hold off thrusting challenges from Kennett and Krzysztof Kasprzak in the last two races of the meeting.

Bjerre, meanwhile, took the flag in Heats 11 and 13 before being relegated to the back in the finale, and whilst in no way disastrous to their play-off hopes this is one night the Panthers will need to put behind them quickly.

Fortunately, they get an immediate chance to do just that as the Bees are the next visitors to the Showground this coming Monday.

COVENTRY 58: Krzysztof Kasprzak 11, Edward Kennett 10+1, Ben Barker 9+4, Richard Sweetman 9+2, Lewis Bridger 9+1, Davey Watt 6, Aaron Summers 4+1 PETERBOROUGH 34: Rory Schlein 16, Kenneth Bjerre 10+1, Mathieu Tresarrieu 5, Kenni Larsen 2, Krzysztof Buczkowski 1, Norbert Koscicuh 0, Niels-Kristian Iversen r/r.

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