PANTHERS IN WOLVES SETBACK

Thursday June 25, 2009
Peterborough Panthers 41 Wolverhampton Wolves 49
Elite League A

Wolves cemented their position at the top of the league table and dented the Panthers play off hopes with this well deserved victory at the Showground.


Despite picking up the majority of the minor places the Panthers lost due to a lack of overall heat winners and the fact that the Wolves had enough firepower when it mattered most, in the final few heats.

It always looked like Freddie Lindgren and Peter Karlsson would hold to many aces in heats 13 and 15 but it was first Hynek Stichauer and then Adam Skornicki who turned the knife with vital and important heats victories in heats 12 and 14 that turned this match Wolves way and saw them claim their second away victory in two days.

On a difficult track early on it was the Wolves who got off to an early advantage with Klindt and Lindgren leaping away from the start in heat 1 with Iversen unable to get on terms.

Admittedly that advantage was quickly wiped out by a Panthers maximum in heat 2, but Woffinden was an impressive winner of the third whilst Korneliussen snatched third place on the line and then tumbled awkwardly into the first bend fence when running out of room on the slow down.

Kenneth Bjerre got the Panthers noses in front with a determined win in heat 4 with Karlsson chasing down and passing Vissing early on to restrict the advantage.

Lindgren and Karlsson won the next two heats to keep it close and a Woffinden led 4-2 in heat 7 saw the Wolves level the match again at 21 all.

Klindt always appeared to have to much speed for Vissing in heat 8 whilst Karlsson kept up the pressure with a good pass of Korneliussen on the 4th bend after the Dane had led early on.

Panthers however went into the interval with another 2 points advantage courtesy of a Bjerre and Vissing 4-2 over Woffinden and Skornicki.

Wolves hit back immediately with their own heat advantage in heat 11 with Lindgren making it 3 wins from 3 starts and then Stichauer surprised everyone by popping out of the start to win the 12th despite having Korneliussen all over him for 4 laps.

It was advantage Wolverhampton in heat 13 as Lindgren won his 4th consecutive race with Karlsson ensuring the heat success by pegging Bjerre at the back.

Heat 14 was always an important heat with Panthers badly needing a heat success, Skornicki made the start and led at the end of lap 1 but Bager cut under Stichauer coming out of the 4th bend and going wide clipped the Wolves reserve causing him to fall and collect Hansen who was left with nowhere to go but into the fence.

Despite protesting his innocence it must have come to no surprise to the Panthers supporters when the red exclusion light came on and with Hansen clearly battered by the fall he was replaced by Vissing.
Skornicki again made a good start and although Vissing chased hard he never really looked like catching him with the resulting Wolves 4-2 putting them 4 points up with one race to go.

Pulling a 5-1 out of race 15 to snatch a draw always looked a long shot and so it proved as Lindgren and Karlsson combined to force a 5-1 of their own to snatch a 4 point win having won the toss and took the favoured gates 1 & 3.

The Panthers can have no complaints as they were beaten by the better side for the second time at home this year, with the only real high spot being the return to form of Claus Vissing who topped a good night’s work of 9 paid 11 with the man of the match award from the match sponsors TCH Ford.

Peterborough 41
1. Niels Kristian Iversen 1 1* 3 2 1 = 8+1
2. Ales Dryml 0 2 1* = 3+1
3. Mads Korneliussen 1* 2 2 2 = 7+1
4. Henning Bager 2 1* 1* X = 4+2
5. Kenneth Bjerre 3 2 2 0 0 = 7
6. Kenneth Hansen 3 R 0 N = 3
7. Claus Vissing 2* 1 2 1 1* 2 = 9+2

Wolverhampton 49
1. Freddie Lindgren 3 3 3 3 3 = 15
2. Nicolai Klindt 2* 0 3 1 = 6+1
3. Tai Woffinden 3 3 2 0 = 8
4. Adam Skornicki 0 1 0 3 = 4
5. Peter Karlsson 2 3 3 1 2* = 11+1
6. Hynek Stichauer X 0 0 3 1 = 4
7. Lee Complin 1 0 0 = 1

Heat details
01. Lindgren 59.6, Klindt, Iversen, Dryml. (1-5)
02. Hansen 61.0, Vissing, Complin, Stichauer (fell,rem lapped). 5-1 (6-6)
03. Woffinden 60.1, Bager, Korneliussen, Skornicki. 3-3 (9-9)
04. Bjerre 59.9, Karlsson, Vissing, Complin. 4-2 (13-11)
05. Lindgren 60.6, Korneliussen, Bager, Klindt. 3-3 (16-14)
06. Karlsson 59.5, Dryml, Iversen, Stichauer. 3-3 (19-17)
07. Woffinden 60.2, Bjerre, Skornicki, Hansen (ret). 2-4 (21-21)
08. Klindt 60.4, Vissing, Dryml, Complin. 3-3 (24-24)
09. Karlsson 60.5, Korneliussen, Bager, Stichauer. 3-3 (27-27)
10. Iversen 59.7, Woffinden, Vissing, Skornicki. 4-2 (31-29)
11. Lindgren 60.3, Bjerre, Klindt, Hansen. 2-4 (33-33)
12. Stichauer 60.2, Korneliussen, Vissing, Woffinden. 3-3 (36-36)
13. Lindgren 60.3, Iversen, Karlsson, Bjerre. 2-4 (38-40)
14. Rerun Skornicki 60.2, Vissing, Stichauer, Bager (exc), Hansen (F,ns). 2-4 (40-44)
15. Lindgren 60.1, Karlsson, Iversen, Bjerre. 1-5 (41-49)


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