Monday September 07, 2020
PROMOTER Ged Rathbone insists Peterborough must climb out of their mini-slump tonight.

The Readypower Panthers supremo has been left bitterly disappointed by a run of three successive Premier League defeats which have cost them a chance of finishing as runners-up to reigning champions Edinburgh.

Peterborough are, however, assured of a place in the play-offs and Rathbone wants a rapid return to form when they travel to Rye House tonight (7.30pm) for their final away meeting of the regular season.

Rathbone said: “There are ways to lose a speedway meeting. I can live with us going down fighting, but not with being bulldozed in the way we have been in our three most recent meetings.

“We have already apologised for the performances and results of late and I want to reiterate that again as we have let the supporters down.

“We have not become a bad team overnight though and we have spoken individually to the riders we believe have not performed well enough.

“They are well aware of the need to get back into the groove with the play-offs just around the corner.

“There is a fine line between success and failure in the Premier League. It is time for us to get back to being more ruthless and doing whatever it takes to win races.

“Finishing in the top six and earning a play-off place is a fantastic achievement given all that has been thrown at us during the season.

“We have set ourselves some high standards along the way and there is no doubt we have fallen short lately. That has to change, starting tonight.”

Panthers could still snatch third spot by winning their two remaining meetings – tonight’s clash at Hoddesdon and a home date against Scunthorpe on Sunday (3pm) - but a fourth or fifth-placed finish is far more likely. That would mean a play-off quarter-final clash against Sheffield.

Captain Ulrich Ostergaard return to team duty after storming to glory in the Premier League Riders’ Championship yesterday.

But Panthers are without Simon Lambert tonight as he rides for Elite League side Leicester.

They will operate rider replacement to cover his absence as they attempt to follow up a League Cup success on Rye shale back in April.

The Rockets' team plans were up in the air last night after Luke Bowen and Danny Maassen were both hurt in tumbles during a 64-29 drubbing at Berwick on Saturday.

RYE HOUSE: Rider replacement for Luke Bowen, Dan Greenwood, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Edward Kennett, Robert Lambert, Kasper Lykke, guest for Danny Maassen.

READYPOWER PANTHERS: Ben Barker, Emil Grondal, Rafal Konopka. Rider replacement for Simon Lambert, Ulrich Ostergaard, Michael Palm Toft, Anders Thomsen.

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