PREVIEW: RICHARD RARING TO GO

Sunday June 18, 2017
NEW recruit Richard Hall wants to set Peterborough on the road to glory – all over again.

Hall was a key member of the Panthers side which lifted the Elite League title with an unforgettable Grand Final success in 2006.

Now, more than a decade on from that famous triumph, Hall is back as a short-term replacement for injury victim Simon Lambert.

And he is determined to launch his latest stint in style by helping Peterborough beat Sheffield in a crucial SGB Championship clash at the East of England Arena today (5pm).

“It’s a great feeling to be riding for Peterborough again,” admitted Hall, who has driven through the night from the south of France after competing in the second round of the World Long Track Championship yesterday.

“When I got the call at the beginning of the week, I knew immediately it was an opportunity that I could not turn down.

“I had the best year of my career at Peterborough and I’m determined to be successful again. I love the club, I love the track, and I really want to show the fans what I can do again.

“Things didn’t go great for me in short spells with Peterborough in 2014 and last season, but I’m confident I can score points at reserve and the aim is to start as I mean to go on against Sheffield.

"The boys have clearly been riding well in the last couple of meetings and hopefully I can do my bit to keep the good run going."

Hall slots into a Peterborough team, who are on a high after back-to-back home successes.

They beat bottom side Berwick 54-38 in a league clash last Sunday before seeing off Scunthorpe 54-36 in the opening leg of a KO Cup quarter-final on Friday night.

And Peterborough are out to build more momentum by sinking a Sheffield team, who arrive at the East of England Arena in possession of the final SGB Championship play-off spot.

But victory could pull Peterborough to within six points of the Tigers and send out a message to their second tier rivals as they bid to climb the standings.

Team boss Carl Johnson said: “Everyone will have seen our last two results and the scoring power we now possess.

"They will be looking over their shoulders and that's exactly what we want.

“The buzz is back around the place and we need to make sure that is still the case after today’s meeting.”

Peterborough are at full-strength while Sheffield call in James Shanes to guest at reserve for the banned Jack Parkinson-Blackburn.

Shanes rode in the same Long Track event last night as Hall and Panthers number one Chris Harris.

The Tigers’ side is led by Josh Grajczonek. It also features ex-Peterborough man Lasse Bjerre and Todd Kurtz, who guested here for Scunthorpe 48 hours ago.

TEAMS

PETERBOROUGH: Tom Bacon, Richard Hall, Chris Harris, Jack Holder, Ulrich Ostergaard, Paul Starke, Bradley Wilson-Dean.

SHEFFIELD: Josh Bates, Lasse Bjerre, Rob Branford, Josh Grajczonek, Kyle Howarth, Todd Kurtz, James Shanes (guest).

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