Sunday July 16, 2017
PETERBOROUGH face another stiff home test as they bid to bounce back to winning ways today (Sunday) at the start of a crucial week.

The ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers entertain Redcar Bears in an SGB Championship meeting at the East of England Arena (5pm) – the first of three clashes between the sides in the next few days.

It comes only 48 hours after a third home defeat of the campaign, when Peterborough were beaten 50-40 by Sheffield on Friday night, but team boss Carl Johnson is adamant his men can get back into the groove against a Redcar outfit, who like the Tigers, also boast stacks of Alwalton expertise.

Peterborough will attempt to follow up a 52-40 success at Redcar 10 days ago before also returning to North-East on Thursday and then having another home date against the Bears next Sunday (July 23).

Johnson said: “It’s pretty clear the next few days are going to be very important for both teams.

“We’re still determined to do all we can to reach the play-offs and a good run of results against Redcar will seriously boost our prospects of doing that.

“We’ve beaten them once at home and twice away so far this season and hopefully we will be able to keep that run going.

“Slipping up against Sheffield on Friday was obviously not what we wanted, but we couldn’t have any complaints about the outcome.

“Bouncing back from a disappointment in the right way is a sign of a good team – and that’s what I’ll be asking for the boys to do today.

“But we know it will be far from easy. Redcar are a lot closer to the play-off places than ourselves currently and they’ll be desperate for a decent haul of points themselves to get back into the top four.

“They’ll also be looking for revenge for our win up there a few days ago and I’m sure it will be a really good meeting with plenty of the high-class racing that has become the norm at our place.

“There’s always a bit of spice as well due to the connections between the clubs with our promoter, Ged Rathbone, being from that neck of the woods and a regular at Redcar meetings.”

Peterborough are back at full-strength today.

New Zealand champion Bradley Wilson-Dean slots back into the main body of the team after missing the Sheffield loss due to an SGB Premiership outing for Swindon on the same night.

And Peterborough welcome Simon Lambert back into the fold at reserve following his lay-off with a broken wrist, which required surgery.

Redcar expect to have a couple of their own injury victims back in action. Number one Jason Garrity and Charles Wright, who scored a maximum at Alwalton earlier in the season, are both declared to ride.


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

REDCAR: Jonas B. Andersen, Danny Ayres, Ben Barker, Fernando Garcia, Jason Garrity, Ellis Perks, Charles Wright.

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