Wednesday July 27, 2020
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone has told his riders to roll up their sleeves and stick together in another crucial Premier League clash.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers travel to Sheffield tomorrow (Thursday, 7.30pm) for a showdown of two sides battling for places in the play-offs.

Peterborough make the journey north in desperate need of points after losing four of their last five meetings in all competitions.

But Owlerton Stadium has proved to be a happy hunting ground in the past 18 months with a league draw and play-off quarter-final victory last season being followed by a League Cup group stage deadlock in Peterborough's first outing of the current campaign.

Rathbone said: "We've enjoyed some good results at Sheffield in the past and there is no doubt in my mind we're capable of picking up another one tomorrow.

"Craig Cook usually flies round Owlerton and Ulrich Ostergaard showed how much he likes the track when winning the Premier League Riders' Championship last season.

"Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen has really found his form in the last couple of meetings while the Sheffield track should also suit Tom Perry and Emil Grondal well.

"The key area, in my opinion, will be reserve as that's where the meeting could be won or lost.

"Ashley Morris and Zdenek Holub both prefer to ride on big tracks and I'm hoping they will be able to get among the points as their scores could be vital.

"I'm expecting it to be a tight clash between two teams chasing places in the play-offs. The minimum target is a league point, but if we can snatch a win then so much the better.

"We're having a difficult time at the moment, but we need to stick together and ensure the team spirit remains good as we try to turn our form around."

Peterborough are at full strength for the trip to South Yorkshire while their hosts continue to be without arm-injury victim Jason Garrity. They operate rider replacement.

The trip to Sheffield is the first of two away tests in the space of four days for Peterborough. They go to Workington on Sunday.

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Dimitri Berge, Josh Bates, Jason Garrity R/R, Kyle Howarth, Arthur Sissis, Nathan Greaves.

PETERBOROUGH 'T BALFE CONSTRUCTION' PANTHERS: Craig Cook, Tom Perry, Ulrich Ostergaard, Emil Grondal, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Ashley Morris, Zdenek Holub.

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