PANTHERS v WORKINGTON, PREVIEW

Thursday September 08, 2020
PETERBOROUGH boss Carl Johnson is convinced the new look 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers will prove to be an instant success.

Johnson leads a revamped lined-up - which features former World Chanpionship leader Kenneth Bjerre and popular 2006 title hero Richard Hall - into a vital Premier League home battle tomorrow night (Friday, 7.30pm) when fellow play-off hopefuls Workington visit the East of England Showground.

It's a must-win showdown in the club's bid to cling onto a place in the top six and Johnson is calling from a combined effort from riders and fans to sink the Comets.

Johnson said: "Our promoter Ged Rathbone has again showed his ambition and commitment to deliver success by rebuilding the team at a stage of the season when many clubs would not have bothered.

"He is not the sort of person to sit back and potentially see a season full of promise slip away. Instead he has pulled out all the stops to put this line-up together and to ensure crucial meetings are staged before the cut-off date.

"Now we need to do the business on the track and I have every faith in the riders putting in the performance and picking up the result we need.

"The pressure is on and there is no point in pretending otherwise. We need to beat Workingon and we need to beat Rye House on Monday.

"I just hope all the supporters are as excited about the team as we are. We need them behind us in big numbers on two huge nights."

And Johnson is at pains to stress that a Workington side, who are yet to collect an away victory in 2016, cannot be taken lightly.

The Comets possess three former Pererborough riders headed by Kenneth Hansen - a high-scoring guest for Panthers on occasions this season.

His fellow Dane, Claus Vissing, and Adam Roynon are others to have raced in red and black in the past while Ricky Wells and Rasmus Jensen have also excelled in previous visits to Alwalton.

Johnson added: "We will not be taking any notice of Workington's away record.

"They are a very dangerous side who, like ourselves, will be desperate to keep the hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.”

Peterborough go into battle sitting sixth in the Premier League, two points ahead of the Ipswich side immediately below the play-off zone. Ipswich beat fifth-placed Sheffield 59-34 tonight (Thursday) and also have a Friday fixture as they go to Redcar.

TEAMS

PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Craig Cook, Danny Halsey, Richard Hall, Zdenek Holub, Ulrich Ostergaard, Anders Thomsen.

WORKINGTON: Mason Campton, Kenneth Hansen, Rasmus Jensen, Adam Roynon, Claus Vissing, Ricky Wells, Matt Williamson.

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