GLASGOW v PANTHERS, PREVIEW

Thursday June 07, 2018
PETERBOROUGH will come up against two of their recent trophy winners when they resume their Championship campaign at Glasgow on Friday (7.30pm).

The T.Balfe Construction Panthers make the long trip to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium for their first league match in nearly three weeks, in the first of a double encounter with the Tigers this weekend.

The Scottish side visit the East of England Arena on Sunday (5pm) and both meetings will see Panthers facing Chris Harris and Paul Starke, who were both part of their Fours and KO Cup winning sides of 2017.

Both made the move north over the winter as part of a much-changed Glasgow septet with Richie Worrall the sole survivor from last season.

The Tigers’ results have been erratic so far, with long-serving manager Stewart Dickson departing the scene early on, and a shock KO Cup defeat against rivals Edinburgh was a recent setback.

However, they bounced back strongly last week with an impressive display to defeat Scunthorpe 54-36 at Ashfield.

Panthers hand a seasonal debut to Bradley Wilson-Dean, who has rejoined the club as a replacement for the injured Nike Lunna.

But they are still without two members of their side, with Ulrich Ostergaard unavailable due to a Danish League commitment, whilst last weekend’s injury to Edward Kennett has forced a ‘reversion’ of the latest team declaration, as Kennett had yet to make an appearance.

That means Emil Grondal, another injured rider, is still declared in the Peterborough one-to-seven, and his place is taken by Redcar’s Mikkel B Andersen as a guest.

Co-promoter Ged Rathbone said: “As always on our travels we’ll be going there with a positive attitude, and it’s a place we’ve had some good results in the past including a win and a draw last season.

“It does appear that they might have come into form just before we head up there, judging by their result last week, but it’s still a meeting for us to look forward to.

“Our first aim as with any away match is to look to be taking at least a point, and if we can get more than that, then so much the better.”

GLASGOW: Richie Worrall, Lewis Kerr, Claus Vissing, Paul Starke, Chris Harris, Jack Thomas, James Sarjeant.
PETERBOROUGH: Scott Nicholls, Mikkel B Andersen, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard r/r, Simon Lambert, Tom Bacon.


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