PLYMOUTH Devils book themselves a quarter-final tie against West Country rivals Somerset Rebels with a thrilling victory over Peterborough in the deciding leg of the Knock-out Cup first round at the St Boniface Arena on Thursday evening.
The Devils had to pull back a two-point deficit from the away leg and began well enough as they took a seven-point lead on the night after only four heats.
But Peterborough battled back and the aggregate scores were all square going into the final three heats.
The visitors then needed a 5-1 from the final heat to force a draw on aggregate, but skipper Kyle Newman rounded off a successful evening for the Devils with victory over Ulrich Ostergaard and Robert Lambert to secure Plymouth’s place in the next round.
Devils team manager Lee Trigger said: “We got through and finished the job we started at Peterborough, but we did not make it easy for ourselves.
“We had a bit of luck on the night, but you have to earn your luck and Kyle Newman did a good job for us as captain, dropping only one point from his five rides.”
Plymouth: Kyle Newman 12+2 (5 rides), Jack Holder 6+1 (4), Morten Risager 9 (5), Todd Kurtz 4+1 (4), Ryan Fisher 10 (4). Reserves: Roland Benko 2+1 (3), Sam Simota 4+1 (5).
Peterborough: rider replacement for Oliver Allen, Lewis Blackbird 7 (5), Robert Lambert 11+2 (6), Michael Palm Toft 6+1 (5), Ulrich Ostergaard 8 (6). Reserves: Oliver Greenwood 5 (4), Ashley Morris 4+2 (4).