Panthers told to re-discover their away form as they look to book a place in League Cup semi-finals at Plymouth. But it won’t be easy
Peterborough are under orders to re-discover their away form and clinch their passage into the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup at Plymouth on Friday night.
The table-topping ‘TC Harrison’ Panthers travel to Plymouth (7.15pm) for the first of two meetings in the space of three days to complete their Southern Group fixtures.
They then visit Rye House on Sunday afternoon as they bid to put a couple of disappointing defeats on the road last weekend in the Premier League behind them.
Both Panthers and Plymouth are forced into changes for their St Boniface Arena battle due to riders being involved in a Danish Championship semi-final.
Panthers are worst hit in that respect as skipper Ulrich Ostergaard and Lasse Bjerre are both absent while home rider Rasmus Jensen misses out for the same reason.
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Panthers will operate the rider replacement facility to cover for Bjerre while Rye House man Steve Boxall has been drafted in as a guest for Ostergaard.
Plymouth also go R/R for their Danish hopeful, Jensen, and they also turn to a Rye House rider for a guest booking as Jason Garrity steps in for the injured Kyle Newman.
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Panthers co-boss Blayne Scroggins said: “Everyone is well aware that we were disappointed with the back-to-back defeats on the road at Workington and Glasgow last weekend.
“We responded well with an impressive home victory in front of the Sky cameras on Tuesday and that has put the boys on a high.
“The spirit in the camp is great and we have to go into the Plymouth and Rye House trips with a positive attitude.
“A point could well prove enough for us to go through as group winners, but we are looking for wins.”
Panthers go into battle a point clear of Ipswich, who they beat home and away on Good Friday.
The Witches complete their League Cup fixtures at Somerset tonight where a draw or victory could take them above Panthers. Somerset could also move level with Panthers in the standings with a convincing home win against Ipswich in what is also their final meeting of the group stage.
The three League Cup group winners and the best-placed runners-up advance to the semi-finals later in the season.
Edinburgh have already sewn up the Scottish Group and Sheffield have clinched the Northern Group honours. The best runners-up will be calculated by match points average.
PLYMOUTH: Ben Barker, Rider replacement for Rasmus Jensen, Jason Garrity (guest), Kalle Katajisto, Sam Simota, Roland Benko, Ben Reade.
‘TC HARRISON’ PANTHERS: Ryan Fisher, Lewis Blackbird, Ales Dryml, rider replacement for Ulrich Ostergaard, Steve Boxall (guest), Joe Jacobs, Oliver Greenwood.