Robins grounded by Panthers
Peterborough Panthers brought Swindon Robins crashing back down to earth with a 55-38 win over the Sky Sports Elite League Leaders.
Last Updated: 14/08/12 3:29pm
Peterborough sent Swindon crashing back down to earth with a bump, thrashing the reigning Sky Sports Elite League Leaders 55-38 at the East of England Showground.
Despite being without two riders for the meeting and then losing replacement Ryan Fisher following a nasty crash, the Panthers roared to victory on home soil to boost their hopes of making the play-offs.
Kenneth Bjerre and Michael Jepsen Jensen were in outstanding form for the Panthers, the pair combining for seven heat wins in front of the Sky cameras.
Defeat means the Robins miss the chance to extend their lead at the summit, with manager Alun Rossiter admitting his troops were well beaten.
"At the end of the day we were beaten by the better side. It's quite simple - we weren't good enough tonight," he said.
"But it's not the end of the world. We are still up the top there. It's a disappointment, of course it is, because when you set the bar so high you expect things.
"We never performed early in the meeting. We need to put that right and come back stronger in the next meeting."
Peterborough were without Krzysztof Buczkowski and Oliver Allen, both injured on duty in Poland at the weekend, but still made a roaring start.
They led by 12 after six heats before the Robins threatened a comeback of Lazarus proportions, Troy Batchelor giving them some much-needed momentum when he picked up six points on a superb tactical ride.
Fisher, who had finished twice in his first two rides, was then hurt in the eighth heat, coming off his bike and going underneath the air fence. He was taken away in an ambulance but was conscious.
With the Panthers down a man, Jason Doyle and Dawid Lampart recorded a 5-1 in the re-run to get Swindon within three points of their opponents.
That, however, was as close as they would get to parity; Peterborough's depleted line-up managed 5-1s of their own in the next four races.
"We've seen this all year from us. When we're up against the wall we seem to come out fighting," team manager Jan Staechmann said. "All the points are important, we know that. Hopefully we can make the play-offs."
Wolves on form
Wolverhampton secured maximum points from their impressive 51-39 win over neighbours Coventry at Monmore on Monday.
Tai Woffinden was in fine form with 13 and Freddie Lindgren notched 10+1, as a depleted Coventry struggled.
They were already without British Champion Scott Nicholls with a shoulder injury and Grand Prix star Chris Harris crashed out in Heat 11 when chasing hard after Woffinden when he suffered concussion.
Boss Peter Adams said: "It was a good win. I know that the loss of Harris took the sting out of them, but we were very pleased with that.
"Our ambition now is to finish higher than any other Midlands club, and we have gone a long way to achieving that by beating Coventry tonight."
Elsewhere on Monday night, Belle Vue got the better of Lakeside by a 48-42 scoreline.
The Hammers maintained their push for a play off spot, by snatching an away point.