Iversen expects difficult match
PETERBOROUGH complete their home league programme on Monday with a visit from the Elite League pacesetters, the Swindon Robins.In a match sponsored by Readypower and featured live on Sky Sports, the Robins arrive in top form looking to cement their position at the top of the Elite League.
PETERBOROUGH complete their home league programme on Monday with a visit from the Elite League pacesetters, the Swindon Robins.
In a match sponsored by Readypower and featured live on Sky Sports, the Robins arrive in top form looking to cement their position at the top of the Elite League.
Led by Leigh Adams and Matej Zagar they have a very powerful spearhead and the main body of the team is completed by Jurica Pavlic, Travis McGowan and Simon Stead.
The Swindon reserves are Paul Hurry and recent signing Mark Lemon who played a major role in the teams win at Poole last Wednesday.
The situation isn't so clear cut for the Panthers with both Claus Vissing and Mads Korneliussen currently on the sidelines. It's unlikely that Vissing will be fit to ride on Monday but a decision as to whether Korneliussen rides or not is likely to be made over the weekend.
Panthers will operate rider replacement if Vissing is missing but of course will be eligible for a guest replacement if Korneliussen is ruled out as well.
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It was a welcome return to form for Kenneth Bjerre who looked very quick on Thursday and would have bettered 12 points but for a broken rocker arm in heat seven, while captain Niels Kristian Iversen posted his first maximum of the season.
Iversen said: “It was about time for me to get one, it's unusual for it to take so long but sometimes it goes like that.”
On Swindon Iversen said: “Its going to be different match on Monday and its likely to be a very good one, they are quite strong all the way through, we will need to be running at 100% or we could run into trouble. We don't want to make fools of ourselves in front of the cameras and I don't think we will but we will be keen to put on a good show.”
Assistant team manager Wayne Swales said: “This is going to be one of the toughest matches this year and the key to the result is going to be what their heat leaders score, although we beat them on the last occasion we were flying then and they weren't, now it's a bit different because they are really going well at present and they are the form team in the Elite League.”
Peterborough will be admitting all school children to this match free of charge.
Promoter Mick Bratley said: “We look forward to the visit of Swindon, it is sure to be a close encounter. I am hoping many children who have never been to speedway before will come and see what we are all about. It is a great opportunity for them and we obviously hope to plant the Panthers brand in their minds.”
Owner Rick Frost said: “Our last home meeting of the season against league leaders Swindon has all the ingredients for a spectacular night of top quality racing. I have every confidence in our team's ability to get the win we need but we will have to gate well and work hard for every point.”
Robin's recent history at the Showground
2009 - Panthers 46 Robins 44 ELA
2008 - Panthers 52 Robins 41 ELB
2008 - Panthers 42 Robins 48 ELA
Teams in alphabetical order (Green Sheet Averages in Brackets)
Henning BAGER (4.47), Kenneth BJERRE (7.63), Ales DRYML (4.84), Kenneth HANSEN (6.18), Niels Kristian IVERSEN (7.87) Captain, Mads KORNELIUSSEN (6.73) & Claus VISSING (4.96) or R/R
Team Managers Trevor & Wayne Swales
Leigh ADAMS (10.31) Captain, Paul HURRY (3.29), Mark LEMON (3.69), Travis MC' GOWAN (5.79), Jurica PAVLIC (5.83), Simon STEAD (6.97), & Matej ZAGAR (9.53)
Team Manager Alun Rossiter
SCB Referee - Mr Chris Gay