SHEFFIELD v PANTHERS, PREVIEW

Wednesday May 02, 2018
PETERBOROUGH hit the road this week – with two away Championship fixtures in two days.

And promoter Ged Rathbone says the T.Balfe Construction Panthers are targeting at least a point from both of their trips to title-holders Sheffield (Thursday) and then Edinburgh (Friday).

Thursday’s match at Owlerton is a fixture quickly re-arranged following a rain-off last month, and Panthers have been boosted by the news that they will be at full-strength.

Michael Palm Toft missed the home win over Redcar, which was Panthers’ last fixture way back on April 15, but is now back in action after an ankle injury, whilst Ulrich Ostergaard has been declared fit to ride after crashing out of a guest appearance at Berwick last weekend.

Rathbone said: “We always perform well at Sheffield, although we do know they have been flying around there so far this season.

“Our intention is that wherever we go, we ensure that our opponents know they’ve been in a meeting, and as long as we do that we will be happy – what will be, will be!

“Anyone who gets any points whatsoever from Sheffield this year will have to ride really well to do so, and the key will be in keeping one of their top three quiet. That would keep us in with a shout.

“It was good to see Scott (Nicholls) scoring plenty of points on Monday night (for Rye House) – that was pleasing from our point of view, and for Scott like everyone it’s all about getting back into the swing of racing as it’s been so stop-start this year.

“We know that if we want to compete in the league we have to be picking points up on the road, so our intention is to try and get at least a point in every away match.

“We do have a team that can ride well both away and at home, and our attitude will be the same at Edinburgh. They’ve had a bit of a slow start but they have the likes of (Erik) Riss and (Ricky) Wells, so again it’s about trying to keep one of them quiet.”

For Sheffield, Jan Graversen makes his seasonal debut having been part of their Championship winning team in 2017, and having now signed a 28-day deal to replace the injured Josh Bates.

SHEFFIELD: Kyle Howarth, Todd Kurtz, Lasse Bjerre, Jan Graversen, Charles Wright, Jack Smith, James Shanes.
PETERBOROUGH: Scott Nicholls, Emil Grondal, Nike Lunna, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard, Tom Bacon, Simon Lambert.


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