Photo gallery: Elite League: Peterborough Panthers 54, King’s Lynn Stars 39

Rory Schlein in heat nine. Picture: Ian Burt

Rory Schlein in heat nine. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Lynn's miserable slump in form continued tonight as they were humbled by their fierce A47 rivals.

An out of sorts Stars, once again missing another rider through injury – this time Seb Alden – crashed to their seventh loss in eight meetings against a rejuvenated Panthers outfit.

Peterborough tracked their three new signings and all scored well, especially Krzysztof Buczkowski and Joonas Kylmakorpi, as they put a dent in Rob Lyon men's play-off hopes. The hosts were well on top all night and deserved their victory.

The city club, who lost twice to Lynn on Good Friday in March, gated better, rode better and looked fired up from the off – even though they lost the first heat 4-2.

However, they bounced back immediately with a couple of same-score victories before they took control as the men from the Norfolk Arena spluttered their way through a miserable display.

The hosts bagged a sackful of race victories and racked up five maximum 5-1 triumphs. Had it not been for the visitors' number one Niels-Kristian Iversen, a Panthers asset, it could have been even more embarrassing.

The flying Dane won his first three outings – which included a tactical where he rode for double points, thus collecting six – and gave it everything in his fourth as he claimed an unlucky third.

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He was easily his side's main man but youngster Nicklas Porsing showed some glimpses of his undoubted talent on his first trip to the East of England Showground. And captain Mads Korneliussen gritted his teeth and rode hard on his return from injury.

But undoubtedly, Iversen aside, it wasn't good enough as too many men – such as heat leader Rory Schlein – failed to score enough points to slow Peterborough.

Reserve Patrick Hougaard was a prime example of why the Elite League strugglers triumphed. He scored a mammoth 14 points and was only beaten in the last ride of the night. Once again it was Iversen who salvaged some pride for the travelling support as he won a ding-dong battle to claim the bragging rights in the nominated race. While Lynn started and ended the night with 4-2 triumphs it was little solace for those in Stars' colours. An upturn in form will be needed after the World Cup if the men from Saddlebow Road are serious about claiming a top-four place come the end of the season.

Panthers (number of rides): Bjerre 9+1 (5), Kosciuch 3+2 (4), Fisher 6+3 (4), Buczkowski 11 (4), Kylmakorpi 10+1 (4), North 1 (4), Hougaard 14 (5)

Stars: Iversen 16 (5), Worrall 5 (4), Korneliussen 4+1 (4), Schlein 3 (4), Davies 4+2 (6), Porsing 7 (7)