Improving Aces denied
Peterborough edge to win
Last Updated: June 16, 2012 6:40pm
Artur Mroczka: Big score for Belle Vue (Pic credit Les Aubrey)
Peterborough Panthers had to come from behind to claim a narrow 48-47 win over bottom of the table Belle Vue Aces at the East of England Showground.
RESULTS AND SCORERS
Linus Sundstrom 8+1, Norbert Kosciuch 8+1, Olly Allen 7+1, Kenneth Bjerre 7, Krzysztof Buczkowski 7, Michael Jepsen Jensen 6, Richard Lawson 4+1
BELLE VUE 46
Artur Mroczka 13+2, Mateusz Szczepaniak 10+1, Rory Schlein 8+2, Ales Dryml 8+2, Renat Gafurov 5, Mark Lemon 2+1, Patrick Hougaard r/r
Chris Harris 11+3, Sebastian Ulamek 11, Adam Roynon 10+1, Edward Kennett 7, Aaron Summers 6+2, Henning Bager 3, Kenni Larsen r/r
KING'S LYNN 42
Kevin Wolbert 13+1, Rory Schlein 10+2, Daniel Nermark 10+1, Simon Stead 7+1, Mateusz Szczepaniak 2+1, Ricky Wells 0, Mads Korneliussen r/r
The Panthers rode with a new look side as Norbert Kosciuch and Krzysztof Buczkowski were brought back into the fold.
But the home side made an awful start as they found themselves 12-points down after just four heats - although a 8-1 tactical maximum courtesy of Michael Jepsen Jensen and Linus Sundstrom brought them back into the mix.
The edged ahead but Belle Vue kept in touch before a 5-1 in heat 13 saw them home - although a maximum for the visitors in the last heat meant the winning margin was a solitary point with visitor Artur Mroczka the star of the night with paid 15.
Panthers co-boss Jan Staechmann said: "I've got mixed feelings really, we pulled it out of the fire but to be in the situation of having to use a tactical ride on our home track is a bit unusual to say the least. It could have been a lot worse, and at least we got a win out of it - it was damage limitation really.
"We just weren't good enough out of the starts, but we did make a good fightback. Thankfully Michael won his one race when he had the black-and white (double), but then he was uncharacteristically off-colour for the rest of the night.
"I thought the two Poles (Buczkowski and Norbert Kosciuch) did remarkably well, and I'm very glad that Krzysztof is okay after his Heat 15 crash."
Meanwhile, Coventry Bees also had to come from behind to claim maximum points against King's Lynn.
The visitors led early on with took 5-1s in the first two heats and they held their lead until heat 12 - when Coventry edge ahead and eventually sealed their win thanks to a maximum in the final heat.
Chris Harris top-scored for The Bees with paid 14 whilst guest Seb Ulamek did well with 11 - but rider of the night was reserve Adam Roynon who came home with paid 11.
"I enjoyed it, it was good to finally get some wins against some of the big boys, and I'm pretty pleased about it," said Roynon.
"To get the win over King's Lynn is good especially after they nearly won at Poole on Wednesday. I know they had guests in but it's still a good result for us."
Kevin Wolbert, Rory Schlein and Daniel Nermark all hit double figures for the visitors but their lower end let them down badly.