Panthers plump for Parsons

JOEL Parsons has been handed the chance to build on his flying start as a Peterborough racer.

JOEL Parsons has been handed the chance to build on his flying start as a Peterborough racer.

Team boss Trevor Swales has plumped for the 24-year-old Australian for the trip to Elite League title favourites Poole (Wednesday, 7.30 pm).

It follows his magnificent Good Friday home debut against Coventry when he dropped only one point to an opponent.

Parsons missed the evening return at Brandon – where the Readypower Panthers completed the double to go top of the eaqrly-season table – because his Premier League side Scunthorpe had a scheduled fixture, actually rained off, at Birmingham.

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Now he is back in an otherwise unchanged squad as Peterborough look to extend their unbeaten start to the new season.

And he has agreed to make the marathon trek to the South Coast even though he is expecting to become a Dad any time.

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His partner Zoe – ex-Panther Richard Hall’s sister – is expecting their first daughter and Joel will make sure he has his mobile with him in case she goes into labour.

And if she does give birth while he’s at Poole then he will be able to have a private family celebration as Zoe’s father John will be his mechanic at Wimborne Road!

Joel said: “I want to do as many meeting as I can. It’s brilliant to start the season with an Elite League club rather than coming in half way through the season.

“It gives me chance to gel with everyone early on and get to know everyone.

“I will never say no to Peterborough when they want me, as long as my Scunthorpe commitments allow.

“I want to keep it rolling and take on every meeting I can. The more meetings the better!”

Poole, who beat champions Wolverhampton in their opening meeting on Sunday afternoon, make one change.

Polish sensation Artur Mroczka is racing in an Under 21 meeting in his own country and is replaced by 1992 World Champion Gary Havelock, the Pirates’ official number eight this year.

Peterborough have lost on their last three visits to Dorset but it will be the first of this season’s big clashes with the two teams ranked one and two by the bookmakers.

The teams face each other again on Friday night – this time in the return at the East of England Showground.

Poole: Jason Doyle, Gary Havelock, Chris Holder, Leon Madsen, Bjarne Pedersen (captain), Darcy Ward, Davey Watt.

Peterborough: Troy Batchelor, Kenneth Bjerre, Lewis Bridger, Krzysztof Buczkowski, Niels-Kristian Iversen (captain), Ulrich �stergaard, Joel Parsons.

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