PANTHERS BOSS: ONLY WAY IS UP

Thursday July 25, 2019
PETERBOROUGH guest rider Josh Grajczonek has told the club he doesn’t deserve to be paid – after managing only a point in the thumping 55-35 defeat at neighbours King’s Lynn.

Grajczonek stepped in for injured skipper and club legend Hans Andersen but he, along with fellow borrowed rider Simon Lambert, failed to land a blow.

Ironically the top Crendon Panthers man was Ty Proctor – recently released by Lynn – who made an impressive return to his old club.

Panthers chief Carl Johnson said: “Josh came up to me and apologised after the meeting, I could tell he was gutted about it and said he didn’t want paying.

“We have an away meeting at Poole soon and I’m hopeful we will have one of the injured riders back for that.

“It was just the collapse at the end, a succession of 5-1s which did us and I suppose we have to give credit to King’s Lynn.

“It means we go to the bottom of the table and we are on a really tough run but I’m going to stay positive and we now have some dates to announce for our return to home shale in September.”

Panthers will face Belle Vue in what could be a key fixture for the Manchester men on September 5 at the East of England Arena.

They also face Swindon, another play-off chasing side, at home on September 9 – promoter Colin Pratt has also reserved the venue for a meeting on September 19 which could prove to be the final home outing of the season.

KING’S LYNN v PETERBOROUGH AS IT HAPPENED:

King’s Lynn started the meeting well with back-to-back heat advantages in heats 3 and 4 which put them six points up.

Proctor looked impressive with two wins from his first two rides on his first return to Lynn since being released.

After a tight first turn in heat 6, it was the Stars skipper Robert Lambert who hit the front and cruised to victory over Aaran Summers with Michael Palm Toft third extending the lead to 8 points.

With rain falling in heat 8, Panthers man of the moment Proctor made it three straight wins in a Panthers 4-2.

And then Panthers’ boss Carl Johnson opted to put the Aussie in as a tactical substitute in the next race.

With rain continuing to fall, conditions became tricky as Erik Riss fell in the first staging of heat 9. The Visitors took advantage in the rerun with Proctor again taking the win ahead of Thomas Jorgensen and Rohan Tungate in third to cut the deficit to 4 points.

King’s Lynn hit back in superb fashion in heat 10 with a 5-1. Lambert won with ease while Palm Toft overtook both Panthers to complete the heat advantage.

Three heat advantages in the last five races completed a convincing win for the Stars.

KING’S LYNN 55: Craig Cook 10, Lewis Kerr 9+2, Robert Lambert 9+2, Michael Palm Toft 9+1, Thomas Jorgensen 8+2, Erik Riss 7+1, Nicklas Porsing 3+2
PETERBOROUGH 35: Ty Proctor 12, Rohan Tungate 8, Charles Wright 7, Aaron Summers 5+1, Scott Nicholls 2, Josh Grajczonek 1, Simon Lambert 0

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