AWAY GAIN IN THE RAIN

Sunday July 26, 2015
TORRENTIAL rain cost Peterborough the chance to claim a major scalp this afternoon (Sunday).

The Readypower Panthers had to settle for a second league point of the weekend when being pipped 31-29 at Glasgow in a clash of two sets of Premier League title hopefuls.

The meeting was abandoned after 10 races by referee Graham Flint and Peterborough joint team boss Carl Johnson insisted it was the correct call.

He said: “It was undoubtedly the right decision to call a halt to the meeting.

“The track was fairly slick and light rain began to fall just as the meeting got under way.

“It got steadily heavier during the course of the afternoon and the riders who were involved in heat 10 felt it was far too dangerous to continue any further once we had got to the point where a result could stand.

“By that time there was only one line right out on the fence and it was an accident waiting to happen in these conditions.

“Both teams were in total agreement on the abandonment and I’m sure both were relatively happy with the result. Glasgow got the win while we got another good away point.

“There was no point in racing on and risking more injuries as we are two teams who have already been affected in that regard this season.”

Panthers made an electric start with skipper Ulrich Ostergaard’s success inspiring a 4-2 in the opener before Rafal Konopka led home reserve guest Matty Wethers for a maximum in heat two.

Glasgow replied instantly with a 5-1 of their own before drawing level when Aaron Summers got the better of Ostergaard in a fifth heat clash of the rival captains.

The hosts edged into a narrow advantage when the previously pointless Victor Palovaara’s surprise success in heat eight earned a 4-2 and the two-point gap between the sides remained until referee Flint called an early halt to proceedings.

Panthers now sit third in the table and have a 12-day break from league action until travelling to table-toppers Edinburgh on Friday, August 7.

Their next outing is the Premier League Fours, which are being staged at the East of England Showground, next Sunday (August 2).

SCORES
GLASGOW: Aaron Summers 9, Richard Lawson 8+1, Nick Morris 7, Victor Palovaara 4+1, Justin Sedgmen 2, Adam Roynon (guest) 1, Rider replacement for David Howe.

READYPOWER PANTHERS: Ulrich Ostergaard 7, Matej Kus (guest) 7, Matthew Wethers (guest) 5+2, Michael Palm Toft 5+1, Rafal Konopka 4+1, Emil Grondal 1+1, Rider replacement for Robert Lambert.

(Meeting abandoned after heat 10 – results stands)

Picture: IAN ADAM

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