Panthers look to complete quick-fire double

PETERBOROUGH are looking to complete a rapid double over Elite League Champions Swindon when the Robins visit the Showground on Friday (7.30pm).

PETERBOROUGH are looking to complete a rapid double over Elite League Champions Swindon when the Robins visit the Showground on Friday (7.30pm).

The Readypower Panthers scored a stunning 49-44 win at Blunsdon last Thursday, and that victory along with their amended result at King’s Lynn means their sights are now firmly set on moving up the table.

Three more points against the Robins can move the Panthers a further place forward, if Eastbourne lose at Lakeside, and there are other clubs within range if current form can be maintained.

But Friday’s meeting will be far from easy as Swindon have mounted a strong defence of their title and appear almost certain to be in the play-offs once again come mid-September.

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The Robins, led by former Panthers skipper Hans Andersen and also including another ex-Peterborough man in Troy Batchelor, have the best away record in the Elite League and have already triumphed no fewer than six times on their travels, including an impressive 50-40 win at the Showground in April.

Panthers will again look to in-form reserve Patrick Hougaard to keep his spectacular run going, and they name a full-strength side with captain Kenneth Bjerre having this week secured his place in the Grand Prix Challenge at Poole later in the month.

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Swindon operate the rider-replacement facility for the unavailable Nick Morris, who is racing in the Premier League for Somerset, but Alun Rossiter’s side do track two of Great Britain’s rising stars in Ashley Birks and Kyle Howarth at reserve.

Panthers co-promoter Trevor Swales said: “I’m sure Swindon will be looking for revenge after our brilliant win at their place last week.

“That performance shows what we’re capable of, we’re delighted with everyone at the moment and Patrick’s form has been absolutely phenomenal in recent weeks.

“But this is another big test. Our last home meeting saw us drop points against a very good Birmingham side, and I know Swindon will be well up for it.”

READYPOWER PANTHERS: Kenneth Bjerre, Ryan Fisher, Norbert Kosciuch, Krzysztof Buczkowski, Joonas Kylmakorpi, Dakota North, Patrick Hougaard.

SWINDON: Hans Andersen, R/R, Peter Kildemand, Edward Kennett, Troy Batchelor, Ashley Birks, Kyle Howarth.

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