Skipper Ulrich receives six of the best and he’s thrilled to bits

Ulrich Ostergaard (left) in action against Plymouth Devils. Picture David Lowndes
Ulrich Ostergaard (left) in action against Plymouth Devils. Picture David Lowndes

Captain Ulrich Ostergaard reckons table-topping Panthers are currently high on confidence as well as quality.

That was the conclusion drawn by the Danish ace in the wake of an impressive 55-34 drubbing of highly-rated Plymouth at the East of England Showground on Tuesday night.

The emphatic victory stretched Panthers’ winning streak to six meetings and left skipper Ostergaard waxing lyrical about the fine form of his team-mates.

He said: “Plymouth have a very good team and they showed last season that they really like riding at our place.

“But we proved what we are capable of doing when the majority of the boys are on fire.

“Winning races is great for the riders’ confidence and we are always happy when we are earning money as well!

“We’re enjoying a really good run of results. It’s six wins in a row now and that doesn’t happen by fluke.

“We are definitely showing everyone that we mean business this season and that has to continue.

“We have a really strong team from Craig Cook at the top down to Simon Lambert and Zdenek Holub at reserve.

“The guys like myself, Emil Grondal and Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen are also capable of doing a good job and we are showing that we have the strength to get good results.

“We have to ensure we keep improving though as there is still a long way to go this season.”

Panthers have seen off Sheffield, Ipswich (twice), Scunthorpe, Glasgow and now Plymouth during a fine run of form stretching back to mid-May.

The city club have won seven of their 10 league meetings to date and are unbeaten since the high-profile capture of number one Craig Cook.

They don’t race in the league again until Tuesday, July 12 when hosting rock-bottom Scunthorpe at the East of England Showground.

That meeting marks the start of a busy run of a dozen meetings in the space of seven weeks with two others, at home to Workington and Rye House, still to be rescheduled after postponements.