Tuesday August 09, 2020
PROMOTER Ged Rathbone has promised Peterborough fans: "I won't let you down."

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers have attracted widespread criticism in the wake of a 52-39 home defeat at the hands of Edinburgh on Sunday.

It was a result which put their place in the Premier League play-offs under threat with seven meetings remaining in the regular season.

But Rathbone insists the club's management and riders will do all they can to secure a top-six finish and a tilt at the title.

He said: "No-one hates losing more than me so I can perfectly understand the disappointment that every single supporter has been feeling since Sunday.

"Our home record was something we identified as needing to improve this season, but it hasn't happened. In fact it has been worse than 2015 when it was also way below the standard we expect.

"I had a quick look on social media yesterday so I'm well aware of the calls for us to make changes, but it is not quite as simple as picking out a rider and giving him a call.

"We've scoured far and wide from people who are both available and capable of improving the team - and let me assure everyone there are very few of them out there.

"But I can also promise every Peterborough fan that we are working morning, noon and night to try to get our current riders firing.

"I ask the fans to keep positive and stay behind us. I didn't let them down when making sure the club continued to race, I didn't let them down when building a side which reached the play-off semi-finals last season, and I won't let them down now.

"Hopefully they can trust myself, my management team and the many good people at the club to find the right solution for our current problems.

"We have seven meetings remaining in the regular season - four at home and three away.

"We've got to aim to pick up all 12 available points at Alwalton and look to collect a few on the road. We got four from the meetings at Sheffield and Workington recently and we'll try to do something similar at Edinburgh on Friday and Berwick on Saturday."

Panthers sit fourth in the Premier League and have a seven-point cushion over the Workington side who currently sit immediately below the play-off zone.

The Comets do boast meetings in hand though, as do a dangerous Newcastle side who are lurking a further point back in ninth spot.
Panthers face the Diamonds home and away during August and also welcome the Comets to the East of England Showground early in September.

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