The Parsons Peebles Monarchs wrapped up their Championship programme for the year with a 54-38 loss at Peterborough in the restaging of the match postponed from 1st October.
It was not a great match and the Monarchs didn’t do enough to deserve anything from it. John Campbell said “Peterborough had prepared the track with plenty of dirt which normally means exciting racing with riders using the outside line. But the only heat in which any of our riders did that was a fine ride by Erik Riss in heat 13.
“Other than that, nothing happened – it was all from the gate. Sam Masters did OK but wasn’t at his best, and Mark Riss started well but after he crashed in heat 7 he wasn’t the same rider. We just were not good enough.”
It was not as good a performance as on their last visit when even without the Riss brothers, Monarchs picked up a match point. Failure to achieve that this time means that they are likely to finish fourth in the final table, though of course what really matters nowadays is the Playoffs which have already been won by Champions Sheffield.
We made a terrible start at the Showground and trailed 2-10 after two heats, with the Panthers’ influential reserve Simon Lambert involved in both these opening 5-1s.
However we hit back through Sam Masters and Mark Riss with a 5-1 over Ostergaard and Starke.
For the rest of the evening most of our scoring was dependant on our heat leaders with very little backup. Sam Masters won heats 3 and 12, Erik Riss won heat 13 while Ricky Wells took the flag in heat 5. We were outscored 14-4 at reserve, and rider replacement for Josh Pickering scored nothing at all.
All that remains now is the Riders’ Championship in which Sam and Ricky compete tomorrow at Glasgow, and of course our own annual dance arranged for the same night before the restaging date was fixed.
Team Manager: Carl Johnson
|1. Jack Holder||3||3||3||2||11||0|
|2. Bradley Wilson-Dean r/r||0||0|
|3. Paul Starke||R||1*||3||1||2||7||1|
|4. Ulrich Ostergaard||1||2||3||3||3||12||0|
|5. Chris Harris||3||3||3||0||1||10||0|
|6. Simon Lambert||2*||3||1||2*||1||2*||11||3|
|7. Jack Parkinson-Blackburn||2*||0||1||0||0||3||1|
Team Manager: John Campbell
|1. Ricky Wells||1||3||2||1||7||0|
|2. Josh Pickering r/r||0||0|
|3. Sam Masters||3||2||1*||3||2||11||1|
|4. Mark Riss||2*||X||0||2||1||5||1|
|5. Erik Riss||2||2||4||3||0||11||0|
|6. Max Clegg||0||1||R||0||1||2||0|
|7. Mitchell Davey||0||1*||0||1||0||0||2||1|
The Parsons Peebles Monarchs will be hoping it is 3rd time lucky as we look to complete our SGB Championship campaign at the East of England Showground against the Peterborough Panthers on Friday evening.
While it could be argued that these fixtures are meaningless calendar fillers with the destination of the league title already decided last week when league toppers Sheffield defeated Ipswich Witches to clinch the title. However with 3rd place in the table still up for grabs between ourselves and Glasgow we do still have something to race for.
There is one change to the Monarchs line-up with Josh Pickering missing out; rider replacement operates for Josh with Mark, Max and Mitchell being able to take our young Aussies outings.
Beyond that we are as normal with the remaining riders looking to end their Monarchs season on a high. Outside of Max all of our guys have been in action since the Monarchs last meeting 3 weeks ago. Sam and Mark have continued on with Wolverhampton being agonisingly pipped to the Premiership title by a solitary point and they take a 10 point lead into the 2nd leg of the KO cup final away to Belle Vue next Monday also.
Ricky has kept himself ticking over with his appearance in the Championship pairs last Sunday and also a successful guest booking alongside Sam and Mark for Wolves in that KO cup first leg.
Erik was in action in front of the BT camera’s in the promotion/relegation playoff helping Leicester to a resounding victory at Sheffield.
Mitchell also made an appearance in the Tony Mole farewell meeting at Birmingham this week. Mitch recording a 5 point score for his Coventry Bees team as they went down by 2 points to the home men.
For the Panthers they also have one change with Tom Bacon forced to sit out with a shoulder knock former Sheffield youngster Jack Parkinson-Blackburn steps in. Beyond that the Panthers will be looking for a confidence building victory ahead of an upcoming KO Cup semi final clash against Glasgow and with a spearhead of Holder and Harris backed up by Bradley Wilson-Dean, Paul Starke and Ulrich Ostergaard not to mention home track expert Simon Lambert at reserve it is difficult to understand why the home promotion apparently gave up on their playoff hopes so early when allowing Jack Holder to miss several matches.
So this is it for the 2017 season as a team and hopefully the Parsons Peebles Monarchs can sign off with a strong result before our attention turns to Glasgow tomorrow to see how Sam and Ricky fare in the rebranded Championship Riders Individual and of course a night of fun for the attendees at our annual dinner dance.