Monday August 06, 2018
PETERBOROUGH bosses have issued a huge thank-you to supporters for turning out in force to back the club’s Championship title challenge.

Sunday’s crowd for the 45-45 draw with local rivals Ipswich was the biggest attendance for a regular league match since current owner Ged Rathbone took charge in 2015.

The T.Balfe Construction Panthers now head into a hectic schedule of away matches before returning to the East of England Arena on September 9, and an exciting end to the season is in prospect as they fight for honours on three fronts.

Rathbone said: “The crowd was absolutely fantastic, and I can honestly say I don’t mind holding up the start of a meeting to allow more cars to come in.

“We must have parked an additional 100 cars in that time, and we had cars jammed in right from the riders’ entrance gate right back down to the main road.

“It’s the biggest crowd we’ve ever had for a normal team meeting in my time here, obviously with the exception of the MCN Festival when many people are already on the site.

“We just want to say a massive thanks to everyone for their support, it is greatly appreciated by the promotion and the riders, and I have to say our crowds have been fantastic all season so we must be doing something right.

“What was also encouraging was how many people stayed back to watch the junior racing. We have some real talent coming through there, with riders who are only a couple of seconds off the Championship times, so it augurs well for all aspects of the club.”

The only disappointment on the day was that Panthers couldn’t quite eke out a victory, although the point gained from the draw did take them back to the top of the table ahead of Lakeside, who they visit on Friday.

Rathbone said: “If I’m honest we weren’t quite at it in several areas on Sunday, so we’re thankful for a point, but there are no panic buttons being pressed.

“We’ve worked so hard to be at the top of the table virtually all season so we certainly want to stay up there now, and there are some important away matches coming up where we need to take points.

“I know Scott (Nicholls) is struggling for speed at the Showground, which is frustrating for him and us, as we all see his ability on the more technical circuits.

“The club have purchased an engine from ASH-TECH, with whom we have a really good relationship, and we’re working to support our riders through to the end of the season.

"We have a lot to look forward to, and we’re also working with Lakeside to sort out dates to race against them in both the Championship Shield semi-finals and KO Cup.”

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