Friday May 19, 2017
PETERBOROUGH must beware a Berwick banana skin tonight.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers entertain the Bandits in an SGB Championship clash at the East of England Arena (7.30pm) with the track in good condition despite heavy rain in the past 48 hours.

Visitors Berwick have yet to win a league meeting so far this season, but they certainly won't be taken lightly by a patched-up Peterborough side, who are attempting to bounce back from a first home defeat of the season last Saturday.

Team boss Carl Johnson said: "There is no such thing as an easy meeting in this league.

"I'm sure Berwick will soon be winning meetings, but we'll be doing everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen tonight or tomorrow, when we go to their place.

"They have made a lot of team changes to try to get themselves going, and they have a top guest in Danny King tonight.

"We all know what the likes of Danny and David Howe can do around our track, but we need to focus on ensuring our own performance reaches the right levels."

Peterborough draft in Danish racer Lasse Bjerre as a guest at number one with Jack Holder away on World Under 21 Championship qualifying duty.

They also bring in Workington man Mason Campton to fill in for Bradley Wilson-Dean at reserve. Wilson-Dean was due to be racing for SGB Premiership side Swindon, but is now sitting that meeting out with a hand injury.

Kenneth Hansen is set to race for Peterborough despite being taken to hospital after a heavy spill in Sweden last night.

Berwick have called on King to replace their new number one, Nick Morris, who is on duty for Swindon in the top flight.

Morris is one of four team changes already made by the bandits this season. They have also tempted Howe, who rode for Peterborough in all three levels of British speedway, out of a brief retirement. Jye Etheridge and Lee Payne are other recent recruits.

PETERBOROUGH: Lasse Bjerre (guest), Tom Bacon, Mason Campton (guest), Kenneth Hansen, Simon Lambert, Ulrich Ostergaard, Paul Starke.

BERWICK: Lewis Bridger, Kevin Doolan, Jye Etheridge, Dany Gappmaier, David Howe, Danny King (guest), Lee Payne.

PICTURE: The scene at the East of England Arena at 2pm this afternoon.

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