Witches suffer mauling by Panthers

JESPER B Jensen followed up his top-scoring performance by admitting there will be plenty more away days like this for Ipswich, who suffered a 62-30 mauling at Peterborough Panthers last night.

JESPER B Jensen followed up his top-scoring performance by admitting there will be plenty more away days like this for Ipswich, who suffered a 62-30 mauling at Peterborough Panthers last night.

Despite a dozen from the Danish number one on his return to the East of England Showground, the Witches crashed to a big defeat at the hands of the reigning Elite League champions.

Jensen, who helped Panthers to the title last year, proved he still knows the fastest way around Alwalton by claiming a victory over home captain Hans Andersen on the way to his good haul.

But the rest of the Ipswich corps were desperately disappointing as only Robert Miskowiak (7+1) and Kim Jansson (4+1) registered heat successes.


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Jensen said: “It was nice to go back to Peterborough and bang in a few points - and it is always nice to beat a fellow Dane. It was another big defeat for us but these losses on the road will happen. We are winning our home meetings which is the first thing to get right and I am sure we will improve away as well.”

The Witches were awful in the first half of the meeting, gating dreadfully and surrendering to 5-1s in five of the opening seven heats.

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But business picked up when Jansson pocketed a surprise win in heat eight. The Witches were actually on a 5-1 for the first lap until both Lukas Dryml and Richard Hall forced their way past Tobi Kroner.

Miskowiak followed Jansson's lead to take the chequered flag in the next before normal service was restored with a 5-1 from Dryml and Andersen.

Kenneth Bjerre restricted Jensen to second spot when on a tactical ride in the 11th contest before another 5-1 from Niels Kristian Iversen and Hall stretched the home advantage to 30 points.

It didn't stay that way for long as Jensen got the better of Andersen in a titanic heat 13 battle while Miskowiak pipped Bjerre to the minor honours.

A dozing flag marshal made sure the penultimate heat dragged on for five laps which meant extra time for Witches asset Danny King to enhance his growing reputation with his third victory of the night.

The clash ended in stalemate as Jensen and Miskowiak packed in behind Andersen in the finale which was the cue for a sparse crowd to depart having witnessed a speedway massacre.

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