Revenge in the air for Panthers as Sullivan leads his team

PETERBOROUGH will head north to Manchester on tonight to take on Belle Vue for the second time this season (7.30pm).

PETERBOROUGH will head north to Manchester on tonight to take on Belle Vue for the second time this season (7.30pm).

Revenge will be in the air though with the Readypower Panthers having already twice experienced defeat against the Aces in 2013 – first suffering a 54-39 reverse at Kirkmanshulme Lane in mid-April and then a surprise 47-45 loss at the Showground 11 days later

The fixture will mark Ryan Sullivan’s first appearance as part of the Panthers new management structure after returning to the club earlier in the week following the shock departure of team boss Jan Staechmann.

Sullivan will begin his new role assisting co-promoter Trevor Swales as team manager, but will be hoping for better fortunes than his last appearance at the track as a rider.

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The Australian suffered a broken hand whilst riding for the Panthers last October - an injury that effectively forced him to finally call time on his near twenty-year racing career.

It promises to be another tough match for the Panthers with the Manchester team looking a stronger prospect than at any time over the last few seasons.

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They are led by Grand Prix star Matej Zagar with the Slovenian already producing some big scores this year. Their other winter recruit Magnus Zetterstrom has also shown some good form in the early months of the UK campaign.

Peterborough report a clean bill of health and have three riders on duty who have ridden for the Manchester club earlier in their careers. Kenneth Bjerre and Ryan Fisher established themselves as track-specialists during their time with the Aces, and Patrick Hougaard moved on loan to the Showground during the winter after spending five-years at the Kirkmanshulme Lane track.

Co-promoter Trevor Swales said: “We’re going to Belle Vue with the hope of winning and I’m sure the boys will react positively to the changes we have made to the management structure.

“It’s not going to be easy though as they are a very good team this year, but they are beatable – as is everyone!

“We have to approach the meeting with a very positive attitude, but I’ve felt with the riders we’ve got we are capable of doing much better than we have been. And if all our riders do hit form then someone is for a good hiding soon or later - be it home or away.

“There are riders in our side that can ride Belle Vue, namely; Kenneth Bjerre, Patrick Hougaard, Linus Sundstrom, plus Ryan Fisher also had a season there, so we must remain positive going into all our league matches. With Ryan (Sullivan) leading them I’m sure it will be a different scenario to the last time we went there earlier in the season.

“We now need to repay the loyalty to our fans plus also to the owners Rick and Julie and try and get some points on the road.

“The season starts again here for us really.”

BELLE VUE: Matej Zagar, Artur Mroczka, Craig Cook, Kevin Wolbert, Magnus Zetterstrom, Kauko Nieminen, Ales Dryml.

PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Nicolai Klindt, Ryan Fisher, Linus Sundstrom, Kenni Larsen, Dakota North, Patrick Hougaard.

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