Friday August 12, 2020
TEAM manager Carl Johnson wants to see character and confidence from his riders as they attempt to give reigning champions Edinburgh a taste of their own medicine tonight.

The ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers travel north of the border to face the Monarchs at Armadale (7.30pm) in the first of two crucial away clashes in the space of 24 hours. They then go to Berwick tomorrow.

The visit to Edinburgh also provides a quick chance to claim revenge after suffering a 13-point home defeat at the hands of the same opponents last Sunday.

And Johnson insists there are plenty of reasons to be positive about fifth-placed Peterborough’s prospects of picking up a result – not least the presence of Craig Cook in their team.

Cook is the second-highest Edinburgh points-scorer of all-time after helping them to a stack of honours in recent years.

Johnson said: “I read somewhere that Craig has scored more than 2,500 points as an Edinburgh rider and we could certainly do with a few from him against them tonight.

“In all seriousness, his experience and knowledge of a tricky track for away riders will be invaluable.

“Hopefully he can give the other boys a few points and ensure they are running the right set-ups from the word go.

“The result last Sunday at the East of England Showground was hugely disappointing and it would be great to be able to put that right with a win at Edinburgh.

“We caused a surprise up there in the league last season and the aim is to do it again.

“We’ve shuffled the riding order around to try to freshen things up and it is time for the boys to show some character and belief.

“They need to go out, attack the track and put Edinburgh under pressure.”

Cook is not the only Peterborough rider to have won the Premier League title in Edinburgh colours – reserve Ashley Morris also achieved that feat earlier in his career.

Morris could be a key figure down at reserve for a Peterborough side who are without Danish rider Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen due to a fixture in his homeland. He returns at Berwick tomorrow.


EDINBURGH: Sam Masters, Mark Riss, Erik Riss, Ryan Fisher, Kevin Wolbert, Max Clegg, Dan Bewley.

PETERBOROUGH ‘T BALFE CONSTRUCTION’ PANTHERS: Craig Cook, Rider replacement for Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Tom Perry, Ulrich Ostergaard, Emil Grondal, Ashley Morris, Zdenek Holub.

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