Panthers have chance for quick revenge

ELITE LEAGUE APETERBOROUGH v EASTBOURNEPANTHERS have a quick chance for revenge on Thursday as the Eagles land for the return leg of the ELA fixture following the seven point defeat at Arlington last Saturday.



PANTHERS have a quick chance for revenge on Thursday as the Eagles land for the return leg of the ELA fixture following the seven point defeat at Arlington last Saturday.

Eastbourne will still be missing legend David Norris, ace reserve Simon Gustafsson and very likely their star of 2009 Lewis Bridger, as he is suffering with a dislocated shoulder courtesy of a crash at Coventry last Friday.

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However the always popular Lukas Dryml will be making an appearance, whilst Davey Watt and Showground specialist Ricky Kling are also certain starters.

The Eagles will be operating rider replacement for the injured David Norris, whilst Cameron Woodward completes the main body of the team with Eastbourne yet to nominate the second reserve alongside Kling because of the unavailability of Chris Schramm, who is committed with his Premier League side King's Lynn.

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Panthers meanwhile welcome back Ales Dryml into the side as a straight replacement for Karol Zabik and this move also ensures Claus Vissing and Kenneth Hansen remain in the reserve positions until the 1st July at the earliest.

Panthers are keen to keep Hansen in the reserve position as his scores recently have been a revelation, Kenneth Hansen said: “At home next Thursday will be a totally different game, we will be on a track we are confident on and we should be up for it from heat 1, we were really unlucky at Eastbourne on Saturday as Claus fell off twice and Kenneth was harshly excluded.

We are doing our best but we just have to get our heads down and race.

We are on fire on home and we know how to ride the track, and compared with Eastbourne it's a whole different ball game”.

Team Manager Trevor Swales said: “It will be a totally different story at the Showground and we need to get at them right from the start, we cannot afford to give anyone a start like we gave Eastbourne on Saturday.

“Eastbourne themselves have problems on Thursday I don't know who they will include in place of Lewis Bridger. I am pleased to welcome Ales Dryml back into the team and his inclusion will undoubtedly help the team, he readily agreed to return and we go forward from here.”

Promoter Mick Bratley said: “We welcome Ales back into our side following the loss of Karol Zabik and this will make us stronger than using a number eight or PL six point rider.

“This is all subject to any rule changes about declaration of teams, as the rules seem to change depending on whether it's sunny or raining. Eastbourne has a few Alwalton specialists in their side, so three points is by no means a forgone conclusion.”

Owner Rick Frost said: “With the welcome return of Ales we will have a stronger team than recently. With home advantage we certainly hope to take all three points from the Eagles and if we gate well I think we will.”

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