Thursday January 21, 2021
PETERBOROUGH will launch their challenge for honours with a mouth-watering Easter Monday derby fixture.

Panthers’ will entertain East Anglian rivals Ipswich in their first competitive meeting of the new season on March 28.

It is likely to be the first in a series of tasty League Cup clashes with Panthers also facing Sheffield, their play-off quarter-final victims last season, and Scunthorpe in the Midland Group with only the top team advancing to the semi-finals.

Panthers begin their Premier League campaign with a visit to Rye House on Saturday, April 16. Another trip to Redcar follows five days later before Somerset provide the first home league opposition on Sunday, April 24.

Joint team boss Carl Johnson said: “I don’t think we could possibly have a bigger first meeting than an Easter Monday derby.

“It is essential we hit the ground running as failing to make it out of our group in the League Cup was a big disappointment last season.

“It looks like a very tough group with Sheffield and Scunthorpe having put strong sides together, but we need to show everyone what we’re about from the word ‘go’ and ensure we already have momentum by the time the league fixtures start in April.”

Panthers will face either Workington or Somerset in the quarter-finals of the KO Cup.

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