'IN FOR A TREAT'

Tuesday January 24, 2017
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone reckons fans are in for a treat following the release of the club’s SGB Championship fixtures.

The ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers boss is convinced a thrilling campaign lies ahead in the second tier of the sport.

Peterborough’s first competitive meeting of 2017 will be a home date against Scunthorpe at the East of England Showground on Friday, March 24. Their first away test will also be against the Scorpions, on Sunday, April 2.

Those fixtures mark the start of a tough run to launch the new season. Panthers also face league clashes against highly-touted Ipswich and Sheffield in April, along with a KO Cup tie against a revamped Redcar outfit.

Rathbone said: “We're in regular contact with our riders and they can’t wait for the season to start.

“It’s less than two months away now and this is the time when the excitement really starts to build.

“The opening few weeks will give us a good idea of where we’re at. I’ve said all along that there is no such thing as an easy fixture – home or away.

“Any one of the 10 teams at this level will be capable of getting a result against any other on any given day.

“I think every single meeting will be unpredictable and exciting. It’s going to the best season for a long time for supporters.

“The points limit being reduced has actually helped to make the teams stronger in a way.

“I’m looking for us to be professional, be consistent and ensure we enjoy every minute of every meeting.

“Our aim will be to qualify for the play-offs – and I’m sure the nine other clubs in the Championship will all have the same goal.”

Peterborough will hold their Press & Practice event on Friday, March 17 and are working to secure Challenge fixtures – both home and away, and against Premiership clubs – for the following two days.

They may also seek to fit in another away challenge clash in late March. That would come after the first competitive meeting at home to Scunthorpe.

The club stage the British Under 21 semi-final on April 11 and will also lay on two other national meetings that month.

The opening round of the British Youth Championships is to be split across two dates at Alwalton.

The 500cc and 250cc classes will take to the track on April 9 after a Panthers’ cup tie against Redcar, and the 150cc and 125cc classes follow an East Anglian derby against Ipswich.

The club will also stage the Championship Fours with the date of that event still to be confirmed.

CLICK HERE to read the full fixture list online.


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