Peterborough looking for a positive response

PETERBOROUGH will be looking for a positive response when they host high-flyers Swindon at the Showground on Friday (7.30pm).

PETERBOROUGH will be looking for a positive response when they host high-flyers Swindon at the Showground on Friday (7.30pm).

The 2012 Elite League Champions comfortably defeated the Readypower Panthers on Monday in front of the live Sky Sports cameras with several riders left disappointed by their performances.

But Peterborough are a different proposition on home shale and will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s corresponding fixture against the Robins where they ran out 55-38 winners.

It was during that meeting where Ryan Fisher impressed the Panthers bosses whilst making a guest appearance – featuring in three home 5-1s before crashing out of the meeting.


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The Wiltshire side have started the defence of their title in fine style. As well as Monday’s success against Peterborough they have also won home and away against Lakeside, plus ended Birmingham’s 100 percent record by winning at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

Now established as one of the favourites for the 2013 title they arrive at the Showground with no less than three ex-Panthers in their side in Hans Andersen, Troy Batchelor and Kacper Gomolski, plus also have Peter Kildemand and Edward Kennet in good early-season form.

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They do, however, make two changes from Monday’s meeting with both Nick Morris and Ashley Birks otherwise engaged with their Premier League clubs. Rider-replacement will be in operation for Morris with Berwick’s David Bellego booked as a guest for Birks.

Peterborough, meanwhile, remain unchanged for their fifth league match of the season and will be looking for a repeat of last Friday’s impressive home performance against Eastbourne. It was a very solid team display on that occasion and know more of the same is required if they are to get the better of the current League Champions.

Panthers boss Jan Staechmann: “We’re looking forward to getting back to action at the Showground on Friday against the Robins.

“There is no doubt it will be a tough encounter seeing as Swindon are almost a Panthers Select side. They have some Showground track experts in their team, but we will be out to stamp our authority at our home track, and take all the points on offer.

“It is fair to say we had a relatively poor showing at Swindon, and everyone is working hard behind the scenes to iron out the niggling problems that have given us an indifferent start to the season, and we aim to be firing on all cylinders from Friday onwards.

“I have no doubt it will be a big night against the league champions, and hopefully we will have a big crowd and a fantastic atmosphere to help us win.”

PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Ryan Fisher, Norbert Kosciuch, Kenni Larsen, Linus Sundström, Patrick Hougaard, Dakota North.

SWINDON: Hans Andersen, Nick Morris R/R, Peter Kildemand, Edward Kennett, Troy Batchelor, David Bellego , Kacper Gomolski.

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