Monday April 06, 2015
PETERBOROUGH completed a dream day of Premier League Cup derby success with a second sweet slice of revenge on Easter Monday evening.

The red-hot Readypower Panthers followed up an afternoon triumph at Rye House with an emphatic evening success over Ipswich at the East of England Showground.

In the process they cancelled out previous defeats at the hands of both teams to power back into contention in the Southern Group.

They arrived back at Alwalton full of confidence and immediately took control against the Witches with a hat-trick of 5-1s in the opening three races.

It was a case of giving Ipswich a taste of their own medicine after they had made a similarly explosive start to their victory at Foxhall in the reverse fixture on Good Friday.

Michael Palm Toft was only 0.2 of a second outside the Premier League track record of 58.7 when taking the flag in the opener to kickstart another pleasing personal display as well as a highly satisfying all-round team showing.

Reserves Simon Lambert and Ollie Greenwood followed up with their second heat two maximum of the day before long-time leader Lewis Blackbird survived a late scare in heat three to keep the run going.

And Panthers, spearheaded by teenage ace Robert Lambert and top guest Richard Lawson, didn’t look back as they found much grippier track conditions to their liking.

They slammed in three more 5-1s to have victory wrapped up at two-thirds distance.

In all they claimed 10 race wins and eight heat advantages to dominate a visiting team tipped to lead the chase for honours in the second tier.

Panthers team boss Carl Johnson said: “We have showed everyone what we are capable of doing and these two results are no surprise to me.

“We gave a pretty decent account of ourselves at Ipswich on Good Friday once we had got the nightmare start out of the way and we kicked on today to pick up two important results to get our season going.

“The losing start to the season hurt the guys and the way they have responded is extremely pleasing."

The only Witches rider to put up any significant resistance tonight was former Panthers man Danny King.

The Great Britain international demonstrated his liking for the Alwalton track with a 16-point haul boosted by a successful tactical ride in a fifth heat which had to re-run following the fall of his team-mate Ritchie Hawkins.

The visiting skipper also hit the deck in heat eight before Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard came down in heat 13. Cameron Heeps also walked away from a heat 15 spill when blasting around the outside.

Peterborough return to action with two clashes against Plymouth in the space of three days. They travel to the St Boniface Arena on Friday (April 10) for a 7.15pm start ahead of a Sunday (April 12) showdown at the Showground (3pm).


READYPOWER PANTHERS 56: Robert Lambert 13, Richard Lawson 10+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 9+1, Michael Palm Toft 9+1, Lewis Blackbird 7+3, Simon Lambert 6+1, Ollie Greenwood 2+1.

IPSWICH 37: Danny King 16, Cameron Heeps 7, Rohan Tungate 5, Gino Manzares 4+1, Nico Covatti 4+1, Stefan Nielsen 1, Ritchie Hawkins 0.

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