PANTHERS v LAKESIDE, PREVIEW

Thursday June 28, 2018
PETERBOROUGH are set to welcome back Urich Ostergaard for their massive top-of-the-table showdown with Lakeside at the East of England Arena on Friday (7.30pm).

The T.Balfe Construction Panthers’ No.5 missed the win at Redcar last week following a heavy crash in the previous home meeting against Ipswich.

But the Dane was back on a bike in his home country earlier this week with no ill effects, and subject to a further fitness check before the meeting he will take his place in the side.

There is also encouraging news over another of Panthers’ recently injured riders, with Emil Grondal also set to take some practice laps with a view to returning for the fixtures in mid-July.

Friday’s meeting sees Panthers come up against a Lakeside team who are in just as good form as themselves – with a classic encounter in prospect.

The Hammers have won their last eight matches in all competitions, included in which have been league victories at both Redcar and Scunthorpe, matching Panthers’ own recent achievements.

Nick Morris, Adam Ellis and skipper Richard Lawson all have averages above the eight-point mark whilst under-21 star Zach Wajtknecht is enjoying his best season in the sport.

Panthers did, however, defeat Lakeside in their season-opener at the East of England Arena in the Championship Shield in a meeting which featured race wins for eleven of the fourteen riders.

And victory on Friday would not only maintain top spot in the table, it would also create a 12-point margin over fifth-placed Newcastle.

Co-promoter Ged Rathbone said: “It’s a meeting we very much want to win, and if we can take the three points then we’re going to be opening up a real gap on the teams outside the top four.

“We have three home matches coming up before our next away trip in the league, and if we do our jobs over that period then we can put ourselves in a very good position for reaching the play-offs.

“Lakeside are a strong team so it’s good to be back to our full one-to-seven with Ulrich returning, and the boys know it’s very much in their hands. We have to keep doing what we’re doing.

“I do expect a close meeting and hopefully it will be one where the fans are right behind us. It’s our biggest league match here for some time and it should be a great night of racing.”

The main event is followed by a Northern Junior League clash between the Motive Thundercats and Newcastle.

PETERBOROUGH: Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard, Simon Lambert, Tom Bacon.
LAKESIDE: Nick Morris, Zach Wajtknecht, Adam Ellis, Kyle Newman, Richard Lawson, Ben Morley, Alfie Bowtell.


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