PANTHERS v GLASGOW, PREVIEW

Saturday June 09, 2018
PETERBOROUGH face a rapid return fixture against Glasgow at the East of England Arena on Sunday (5pm).

The T.Balfe Construction Panthers were narrowly beaten when the sides met at Ashfield on Friday, but they still picked up a useful Championship point for their efforts.

That sent both sides into the weekend as two of four on the 13-point mark leading the way in the league standings – and with a four-point buffer over fifth place.

So victory on Sunday would further establish a strong start to the campaign for the Panthers, who have scored points in each of their away matches so far.

The home clash is unlikely to be straightforward, however, with the Tigers including plenty of Alwalton experience, notably 2017 Panthers team members Chris Harris and Paul Starke – whilst Claus Vissing also has also raced for the club in their Elite League days of 2009-10.

Glasgow have only raced one away match in the league so far, which was a 42-48 defeat at Redcar last month. They also showed their potential on the road with an away Championship Shield win at fierce rivals Edinburgh and a draw at Workington.

Panthers return to a full seven-man side following their injury disruption in recent weeks, with Ellis Perks joining the club as a short-term replacement for Emil Grondal.

Bradley Wilson-Dean also makes his first home appearance since coming into the line-up for Nike Lunna.

Manager Carl Johnson said: “Glasgow have some class riders who do ride our track well, so obviously we’re going to have to be on our game.

“Ulrich (Ostergaard) comes back into the side after missing Glasgow, we scored six from his rider-replacement rides there whereas I think he would have scored more than that, so it’s good to have him back.

“Ellis is in for his debut and he’s raring to go, and wanting to prove a point. He’s with us on 28-day cover but he’s here to put himself in the shop window, and if he can pick up five or six points that’s what we’re looking for from him.

“I expect another close meeting, one which could go either way just as the one on Friday could have done.”

The meeting is followed by a Northern Junior League clash between the Peterborough Thundercats and the Ashfield Giants, as well as further 500cc demonstration races.

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


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