Peterborough boss tells his side to take nothing for granted as the Devils roll into town. The Panthers are looking to cut the gap on leaders Ipswich Witches to just six points

Lasse Bjerre

Lasse Bjerre - Credit: Archant

CO-BOSS Blayne Scroggins has told his Peterborough riders to take nothing for Tuesday night.

Panthers entertain Plymouth in a re-arranged Premier League Cup, Southern Group clash at the East of England Showground (7.30pm).

Scroggins’ side were in the process of blitzing the Devils during the initial staging of this fixture last month until a major power failure forced its postponement.

Panthers led 33-18 when the action was halted after eight races, but the TC Harrison-backed side have been warned not to allow complacency to creep in during the re-match.

Scroggins said: “We were very impressive against Plymouth until the electrical problems at the Showground stopped us in our tracks.

“We were 15 points to the good after they had used both tactical rides, so a big win looked on the cards.

“That is exactly what we need to pick up again. Maximum points are a must if we are to keep ourselves in with a chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the League Cup.

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“But it certainly won’t be easy. Plymouth will have learned a lot from the previous visit and it is a fair bet that their number one, Ben Barker, won’t struggle like he did on that occasion.”

Top dog Barker is the star turn in the Cornish camp, but Finnish flyer Kalle Katajisto has been piling up the points at reserve in the early weeks of the campaign.

Panthers draft in a guest in their reserve ranks with Dan Halsey taking the place of British Under 21 finalist Joe Jacobs.

Halsey rides for Mildenhall in the National League and top-flight Eastbourne, where he partners Lewis Blackbird at reserve.

Panthers can cut the gap between themselves and Southern Group leaders Ipswich to six points with victory. They then face the Suffolk side home and away on Good Friday.

The teams:

‘TC HARRISON’ PANTHERS: Ryan Fisher, Lewis Blackbird, Ales Dryml, Ulrich Ostergaard, Lasse Bjerre, Dan Halsey (guest), Oliver Greenwood.

PLYMOUTH: Ben Barker, Roland Benko, Kyle Newman, Rasmus Jensen, Sam Simota, Kalle Katajisto, Ben Reade.

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