Panthers look to continue bright start at Lakeside

PETERBOROUGH head to table-toppers Lakeside tonight looking to continue their bright start to the new Elite League season.

PETERBOROUGH head to table-toppers Lakeside on tonight looking to continue their bright start to the new Elite League season.

The Readypower Panthers are fresh from Good Friday’s win-double over local rivals King’s Lynn and the Hammers had a similar success over Easter against Eastbourne which puts them three-points clear of a host of four teams, which includes the Panthers.

It promises to be a thrilling contest with in-form Michael Jepsen Jensen visiting the Arena-Essex track for the first time. The talented young Dane was in superb form in the Easter matches against the Stars - scoring 33-points over the two fixtures – and heads to Essex high on confidence.

Skipper Kenneth Bjerre has been busy in the workshop this week working hard to correct his early season mechanical problems, and with the problems reportedly now resolved will be hoping the top-of-the-table clash can help get his season up-and-running.

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Richard Lawson continues to partner Jensen in the reserve berth and Lasse Bjerre also gets the nod as the team’s other doubling-up rider.

Lakeside have put together a very attractive team for the new season which includes a strong heat-leader trio of Lee Richardson, Peter Karlsson and Davey Watt and they also have good support from Finnish star Kauko Nieminen. Young British reserve Richie Worrall is another one to watch and is getting some rave reviews ahead this month’s British Under-21 Final.

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Peterborough co-boss Jan Staechmann is expecting a tough test against the early-season pace-setters. He said: “Lakeside is a tough place to go at the best of times and they have a good side this year that has already made a great start to the season.

“However, we’re pleased with the start we’ve made ourselves and we’ll go there confident we can get something from the match.

“We have riders who can ride the track well so it promises to be an interesting meeting between two in-form teams.”

Before the main action gets underway the Peterborough Thundercats team will take to the track for the first time this season. Neil ‘Nikko’ Day’s men face their Lakeside counterparts in a four-man six-heat Anglian Junior League match. Fans are urged to get to the track early to support the youngsters. The junior meeting begins at 6.45pm, with the main event between the Hammers and Panthers tapes-up at 8pm.

LAKESIDE: Peter Karlsson, Kauko Nieminen, Davey Watt, Robert Mear, Lee Richardson, Richie Worrall, Kim Nilsson.

PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Lasse Bjerre, Olly Allen, Jesper B Monberg, Linus Sundstrom, Richard Lawson, Michael Jepsen Jensen.

JUNIOR HAMMERS: Mark Baldock, Jamie Couzins, Jack Kingston, Adam Sheppard.

THUNDERCATS: Adam Kirby, Jamie Collins, Adam Portwood, Ben Holloway.

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