Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Miracle' Ride Comes Wright on Time to Help Salvage Points

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Miracle' Ride Comes Wright on Time to Help Salvage Points

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REDCAR must atone for dropping more points at home last Thursday by turning the tables on jinx side Peterborough tomorrow (according to skipper Ben Barker).

Barker was angry that the SG Petch Bears could only salvage a draw against a 45-45 Panthers side who remain below them in the league but have yet to be beaten by the Teessiders in five clashes this year.

The Bears have now won just one of their last four matches and travel to Cambridgeshire knowing that the other play-off contenders, who now include Peterborough, are beginning to steal a march on them.

It needed a 'miracle ride' by joint top scorer Charles Wright, three heats from the end, to keep the Bears in the hunt during the latest meeting between the sides, which the Panthers led for 10 of the 15 races.

The Bears ace twice had to overcome in-form Panthers stars Jack Holder and Richie Worrall during a memorable four-lap dice in which he powered between them then, having lost his advantage on the next corner, successively picked them off once more on the penultimate lap.

"They are our bogey team," conceded Barker, who like Wright picked up 11 points.

"But Charles was fantastic in heat 13!" "We have to get a result at Peterborough to counter the damage done on Thursday but with Jason (Garrity) still struggling a little, coming back from injury, and Tobias (Busch) finding his feet after three months out, it's going to be tough.

"We do need a string of good results to put us back into the mix and when we meet Sheffield (who lie immediately above the Bears in the table) home and away, we have to win both now."

Manager Jitendra Duffill admitted his team struggled to get to grips with the track as much as the Panthers prowess in the early races and said: "I don't want to blame the track because it's the same for everybody," pointed out Duffill. …

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