Wednesday June 20, 2018
PETERBOROUGH look to keep their impressive momentum going when they travel to Redcar in the Championship on Thursday (7.30pm).

The T.Balfe Construction Panthers are four points clear at the top of the table and can extend that further with a win at the Media Prima Arena, subject to Glasgow’s result at Sheffield.

And the Teesside venue has been a good one for Panthers in recent times, as they are unbeaten in their previous five visits, with four wins and a draw across the last three seasons.

The home side have endured a torrid start to the campaign, leading to major changes with Thomas Jorgensen, Dimitri Berge and Nathan Greaves all joining the club in the last month.

Jorgensen, however, is racing for King’s Lynn in the Premiership on Thursday, and with captain Ben Barker still ruled out due to injury the Bears have brought in two of their former riders, Aaron Summers and Josh Auty, to guest in the heat-leader positions.

Panthers are without Ulrich Ostergaard who suffered concussion in his horror crash at the East of England Arena on Sunday, which means a compulsory period on the sidelines in the UK.

The Dane should return for the home clash with Lakeside next Friday, but in the meantime Panthers operate rider-replacement due to a lack of available guest options. All members of their team are entitled to an additional ride to cover for Ostergaard’s absence.

Boss Carl Johnson said: “It’s going to be another tough one, and I do feel they have a couple of guests in who could strengthen them up.

“But once again, we’ve got riders who like the place and it’s just really unfortunate that Ulrich misses out because it’s somewhere he really goes well at.

“It would have been nice to get a track specialist in, but hopefully we’ll be strong enough with r/r given how well Ulrich goes there, and our mindset will be exactly the same as at Scunthorpe. We go there looking for a point, and anything else is a bonus.

“It’s a track we go well at, but that doesn’t always guarantee you points. It’s how you approach the meeting, and hopefully we’ll come away with something.”

Meanwhile, in-form reserve Tom Bacon goes into the meeting off the back of a highly productive weekend including his stunning paid-14 showing at Scunthorpe.

Bacon followed up with six (paid eight) at home to Ipswich despite retiring from Heat 2, and is looking forward to keeping things going on Thursday.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed Redcar when I’ve been there in the past, and I’ve got three meetings in three days this week – it always helps when you’re busy, as you need to be on the bike learning, and you feel the difference even if you have a week off.

“It’s great to be part of a team that’s doing well, and I’m part of that in the National League as well with Birmingham.

“It’s always nice to turn up to a place where everyone’s got a smile on their face, and it certainly breeds confidence

“I feel I’m developing. It’s only my second season at this level so we won’t get carried away – it’s small steps, but it’s going in the right direction.”

REDCAR: Aaron Summers, Mikkel B Andersen, Dimitri Berge, Jonas B Andersen, Josh Auty, Nathan Greaves, Jordan Stewart.
PETERBOROUGH: Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard r/r, Simon Lambert, Tom Bacon.

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