Peterborough Panthers head to Coventry Bees but without Bjerre

PETERBOROUGH go off in search of more Elite League points when they travel to Coventry on Friday evening (8pm).

PETERBOROUGH go off in search of more Elite League points when they travel to Coventry on Friday evening (8pm).

The Readypower Panthers had previously picked up at least a point in every fixture this season, but that run came to an abrupt end last Friday when they crashed to a 59-37 defeat at Lakeside.

But they now look to get another run going and head to Brandon with plenty of confidence after a productive start to the new campaign.

They’ve won their only home match so far – with the weather washing out three other attempted fixtures - but have tasted victory on the road at King’s Lynn over Easter and gained consolation points at both Eastbourne and Birmingham.

Track action has been limited for all clubs in recent weeks because of the wet weather sweeping the county, but the forecast is good for Friday and a bumper crowd is expected between the two success-hungry sides.

Panthers welcome back Kenneth Bjerre after he missed Friday’s loss at Lakeside and squad man Kyle Newman finally makes his first Elite League appearance of the season, with previously ever-present reserve Richard Lawson on Premier League duty for Workington.

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Rider-replacement will be in operation further up the order though with Danish duo Rene Bach and Lasse Bjerre both engaged elsewhere.

Coventry are also forced into changes amongst their doubling-up riders and are without Kenni Larsen due to concussion and an arm injury after a crash in Denmark last week.

Looking ahead to the fixture Panthers co-boss Jan Staechmann said: “We’re all looking forward to getting back into action again on Friday and to put last week’s meetings behind us.

“We are under no illusions that it will be a stern test and everyone will be keen to make up for the defeat at Lakeside.

“With the recent changes to fixtures we are happy to welcome Kyle back to the team, and he will be keen to make up for lost time.”

Supporters of both teams will have the opportunity to pay tribute to Lee Richardson before and during the meeting.

The former Bees and Panthers rider tragically lost his life in a track crash in Poland last Sunday at the age of 33.

There will be a collection at the stadium for Lee’s family – he left a wife and three young sons – and a book of condolence will also be available for people to share their thoughts and messages.

COVENTRY: Edward Kennett, Leigh Lanham, Chris Harris, Kenni Larsen R/R, Scott Nicholls, Jason Bunyan, Henning Bager.

PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Lasse Bjerre R/R, Michael Jepsen Jensen, Linus Sundstr�m, Olly Allen, Kyle Newman, Jesper B Monberg.