DERBY DAY FOR PANTHERS

Sunday July 02, 2017
PETERBOROUGH team boss Carl Johnson wants his riders to prove they are SGB Championship silverware contenders in the coming days.

The ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers entertain Ipswich Witches in a mouth-watering East Anglian derby showdown at the East of England Arena today (5pm).

It’s the first of three meetings in the next week against teams currently occupying play-off spots with a re-arranged trip to Redcar following on Thursday ahead of a visit to Glasgow next Saturday.

A series of positive results would seriously boost Peterborough’s own prospects of climbing into the top four and spirits are high in the Panthers camp after a stunning 55-37 demolition of Glasgow last Sunday.

But Johnson reckons that fine level of form may need to be bettered in upcoming outings

Johnson said: “We laid down a marker with what we did last Sunday. We didn’t just beat a team tipped to challenge for the title – we absolutely dominated them from start to finish.

“The mood in the camp is great. The boys are all enjoying their racing and could not be more determined to make the play-offs.

“But we might well have to take our form up another notch against Ipswich. Their top five oozes strength and is full of riders who are proven at our place.

“We know Danny King loves it here and we saw Rory Schlein guest superbly for us the other week. Cameron Heeps beat Kenneth Bjerre towards the end of last season, and Kyle Newman and Justin Sedgmen have had plenty of good meetings here.

“But the main body of our team rivals any in this league and I’m expecting an absolute cracker of a meeting.”

Peterborough turn to Sheffield man Josh Grajczonek to deputise at number one with Chris Harris on World Cup duty for Great Britain.

They also hand a debut to Liam Carr at reserve as he slots into a short-term role with the club.

Johnson added: “Every meeting is in important in such a tough and tight league, but this could prove to be a really big week in our season.

“It’s important we start off with a home win to keep building the momentum before facing a couple of really difficult away meetings.

“We’re almost at the halfway stage in the SGB Championship now and I’m convinced we’re only going to get stronger as the year goes on.”

TEAMS

PETERBOROUGH: Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Josh Grajczonek (guest), Jack Holder, Ulrich Ostergaard, Paul Starke, Bradley Wilson-Dean.

IPSWICH: Nathan Greaves, Cameron Heeps, Danny King, Connor Mountain, Kyle Newman, Rory Schlein, Justin Sedgmen.

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