PANTHERS PREVIEW - UP FOR THE CUP!

Saturday April 08, 2017
PETERBOROUGH hope to make SGB Championship KO Cup progress – and leave rivals Redcar eating their words.

The ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers take on the Bears in the opening round of the knockout competition in the coming days.

The first leg of an eagerly anticipated clash is at the East of England Showground on Sunday (5pm) ahead of a return date on Teesside on Thursday (April 13).

And Peterborough will be going up against opponents who have made no secret of the fact they are confident of progress.

Rathbone, who is based in the North-East and a regular watcher of Redcar, was at a winter social event in which new Bears promoter Kevin Keay and team boss Jitendra Duffill spoke of their expectations of advancing.

Rathbone said: “Meetings against Redcar are always special for me due to the fact I’m from that way and go to the vast majority of their home fixtures.

“I was also at one of their social events during the winter when Kevin and Jitendra made it clear they expect to beat us in the KO Cup.

“They’re not just confident of winning the tie – they also think they can win home and away.

“But we haven’t lost to Redcar in my time as promoter and hopefully that record will continue in the next few days. They’re a club I always like to see do well – apart from when they are facing Panthers.

“Brian Havelock did a great job to keep Redcar going in recent years and they now have a new promotion from a younger generation and with some good ideas.”

Peterborough have already enjoyed a pleasing start to the season with back-to-back SGB Championship wins against Scunthorpe whereas the visit to Alwalton is Redcar’s first competitive outing of 2017.

They did race as a team on Thursday when beating a Russ Hodgson Bears Select 57-35 at the Media Prima Arena – a meeting in which former Panthers man Ben Barker roared to a full maximum.

Richard Hall is another ex-Peterborough favourite in a Redcar line-up spearheaded by Jason Garrity.

The KO Cup fixture is followed by the opening rounds of the British Youth Championship for the 500cc and 250cc classes.

And there will be more young talent on the East of England Showground track on Tuesday (April 11) when the club stage the British Under 21 Championship semi-final.

TEAMS

PETERBOROUGH ‘T BALFE CONSTRUCTION’ PANTHERS: Tom Bacon, Kenneth Hansen, Jack Holder, Simon Lambert, Ulrich Ostergaard, Paul Starke, Bradley Wilson-Dean.

REDCAR: Jonas B. Andersen, Ben Barker, Tobias Busch, Jason Garrity, Richard Hall, Ellis Perks, Charles Wright.

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