DERBY DAY PREVIEW

Thursday August 24, 2017
PETERBOROUGH are out to halt high-flying rivals Ipswich in an East Anglian derby clash tonight.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers travel to Foxhall Stadium (7.30pm) for a daunting SGB Championship test.

Peterborough have seen their play-off hopes all but ended by a run of four successive away defeats whereas the high-flying Witches are virtually assured of a top-four place after roaring to four wins in a row.

And while Panthers will take to the track as huge underdogs, team boss Carl Johnson is hopeful they can cause a shock.

"Ipswich are a strong team in good form and boast a formidable home record," admitted Johnson.

"We're having a tough run of results on the road and very few people will give us a chance of getting anything tonight.

"But we go to Ipswich believing we can win the meeting and if even if we don't manage that, we want to make life as difficult for them as possible.

"We hoped we would be up there with Ipswich fighting for a play-off spot, but things haven't quite worked out for us.

"But we know we still have plenty of quality in our team and we're determined to put in a good performance in front of what I'm sure will be a large following of Panthers fans."

Johnson hopes number one Chris Harris will be able to provide some valuable insight to his team-mates tonight.

Harris enjoyed a successful guest outing at Ipswich last week when racking up 15 points for Workington.

Another man who represented the Comets that night - James Sarjeant - is Panthers' choice of reserve guest to replace the injured Simon Lambert.

Sarjeant boasts plenty of Foxhall knowledge himself after riding for Ipswich last season and earlier in the current campaign.

Peterborough are also without Bradley Wilson-Dean due to a hand problem. They operate rider replacement to cover the absence of the New Zealand champion.

TEAMS
IPSWICH: Danny King, Rider replacement for Justin Sedgmen, Cameron Heeps, Kyle Newman, Rory Schlein, Connor Mountain, Nathan Greaves.
PETERBOROUGH: Chris Harris, Rider replacement for Bradley Wilson-Dean, Paul Starke, Ulrich Ostergaard, Jack Holder, James Sarjeant (guest), Tom Bacon.


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