Belle Vue Aces beat Peterborough Panthers

Rory Schlein
Schlein is in his second spell at Kirkmanshulme Lane

Belle Vue Aces kept their slim hopes of a play-off place alive after a 53-40 win over Peterborough Panthers.

Chris Harris continued his recent good form by scoring 13 points, with Australian Rory Schlein adding 11.

Schlein told BBC Radio Manchester: "It was a tough meet - Peterborough aren't an easy side as they showed on their home turf.

"We got the three points and it gives us an outside chance to get in the play-offs."

The 26-year-old, who rode for the club during the 2004 season, believes the track at Kirkmanshulme Lane helped them get a result.

"It's the best it has been for a while, you could see all of us were able to change lines, work the bike easier and I think everyone enjoyed it," he added.

"[Craig Cook] rode well, I rode well, Bomber [Harris] rode magnificently; it's three points and that is all that mattered."

The result leaves the Aces in fourth, the final play-off place, but they have completed more matches than many of the teams around them.

Acting team boss Chris Morton believes the result could prove be a defining moment in the club's season, however.

"I was very pleased with the way the lads turned this meeting round because we didn't take the lead until heat eight," he said.

"This could prove a pivotal match in our season as there are quite a few teams in with a shout of the play-offs and this kept things alive for us."

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