Speedway: Panthers edge out Stars in East Anglian derby

Linus Sundstrom and Olly Allen
Linus Sundstrom (left) set the Panthers pace before an Olly Allen tactical ride

Peterborough Panthers survived a late King's Lynn Stars come back to win 48-45 at Alwalton on Monday.

Two wins for Linus Sundstrom in the first six heats propelled the home side to a 23-13 lead.

But a tactical ride for Stars captain Olly Allen in heat seven turned the tide, and the Stars clawed enough back to take home an away point.

"Even though we snuck a point I think we could have actually won there," Allen told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I left the match a little bit disappointed because I felt like we could have done a little bit better.

"There was a different atmosphere about the match last night and matches like that are only good for the sport and I wish we had more of them."

Sundstrom, whose impressive start was hampered by two separate engine problems, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I'm not happy when I have one engine failure, but I had two and hopefully I won't get it again.

"We had a comfortable lead to start with, but then they hit back with a tactical.

"Luckily we won the meeting and we always knew it was going to be tough."

Despite failing to win a heat Norbert Kosciuch's 10 points made him Peterborough's joint top scorer alongside captain Nicki Pedersen.

Three of the Stars' top four scorers - Niels Kristian Iversen, Kenneth Bjerre and Lasse Bjerre - are in fact Peterborough assets, and they came back to haunt their parent club, totalling 29 between them.

Panthers 48: Kosciuch 10:4, Pedersen 10, Batchelor 8:2, Buczkowski 8, Sundström 7:1, Lawson 5:1

King's Lynn 45: Iversen 13, Allen 10:1, K.Bjerre 9:1, L.Bjerre 7:1, Kornelliussen 5:1, Masters 1, Sitera 0