CUP SEMI IN SIGHT

Friday September 29, 2017
TEAM boss Carl Johnson remains convinced Peterborough boast the quality and desire to come through their most important assignment of 2017.

The ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers travel to Scunthorpe tonight (Friday) for the second leg of a KO Cup quarter-final.

They will be hot favourites to progress into the last four as they travel to the Eddie Wright Raceway in possession of an 18-point aggregate advantage.

But Johnson insists victory on the night, rather than relying on the cushion built up in a 54-36 first-leg success back in June, is the objective – even though Peterborough are without their number one.

Jack Holder races in the closing round of the World Under 21 Championship Final in the Czech Republic tonight, so Glasgow man Richie Worrall has been drafted in to guest.

Johnson said: “The riders are well aware of the importance of getting the job done tonight.

“Reaching the semi-finals of the KO Cup means more meetings, more money and the chance to win more silverware.

“The aggregate situation will not come into our thinking tonight. We go into every meeting with the aim of winning it and this one will be no different.

“We’re in good form and we know we have plenty of race-winners in our side.

“We would have had our complete one-to-seven had the meeting gone ahead as scheduled last Friday, but we’re confident we have booked a top guest.

“Richie has had a really good season and is a specialist at Scunthorpe. He loves the place and absolutely flies round there.”

It will hopefully be a case of third time lucky tonight. This clash was abandoned in June after five heats due to torrential rain, and then postponed last Friday due to a poor weather forecast.

Peterborough have already enjoyed success at Scunthorpe this season. They triumphed 46-44 there in an SGB Championship clash back in April.

They were beaten 53-37 after suffering a late collapse in their most recent visit in April, but Holder and Chris Harris were both missing on that occasion.

Scunthorpe also draft in a guest tonight. Former Peterborough man Ashley Morris deputises at reserve with Tero Aarnio riding in the Finnish Championship.

TEAMS
SCUNTHORPE: Lewis Kerr, Jake Allen, Michael Palm Toft, Ryan Douglas, Josh Auty, Ashley Morris (guest), Josh Bailey.

PETERBOROUGH: Richie Worrall (guest), Bradley Wilson-Dean, Paul Starke, Ulrich Ostergaard, Chris Harris, Simon Lambert, Tom Bacon.

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