Tough test for Peterborough at Poole in TV clash

PETERBOROUGH continue with their busy week of Elite League action when they head to Poole tonight.

PETERBOROUGH continue with their busy week of Elite League action when they head to Poole tonight.

The Readypower Panthers go into the fixture against last year’s champions full of confidence after a stunning comeback on Monday night at the East of England Showground against Birmingham.

Their depleted side trailed by three-points with as many races to go, but they sensationally finished with three successive 5-1s - two of which featured young reserve Richard Lawson - and the result 51-42 victory gave them all the league points.

On the team front Jesper B. Monberg definitely returns following his unavailability on Monday, but there is doubt surrounding Olly Allen after damaging his ribs against the Brummies.

Allen is said to be in good spirits, albeit in a lot of discomfort, but will speak to club bosses again tomorrow before making a decision on whether to ride. Rider-replacement will be in operation if he misses out.

Poole are reported to be at full-strength and again look like the team to beat this season. The Pirates, who are currently in third place in the Elite League table, have won all five of their league matches so far and have matches in hand on both Lakeside and Eastbourne above them.

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Panthers are in fifth place after Monday’s win and are very much in the play-off hunt themselves with an abundance of home meetings to catch-up.

Co-boss Jan Staechmann is expecting a tough test against the title favourites. He said: “Poole have a formidable team and their home record is second to none, but they’re far from invincible.

“They will be on a high after their win at Wolves on Monday, just as we will be after our last meeting at the Showground.

“We will still be going there with the same goals we have wherever we go, and given what we did against Birmingham, I’d say anything is achievable.”

POOLE: Chris Holder, Sam Masters, Darcy Ward, Dennis Andersson, Adrian Miedzinski, Ricky Kling, Todd Kurtz.

PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Lasse Bjerre, Michael Jepsen Jensen, Linus Sundstrom, Olly Allen, Richard Lawson, Jesper B. Monberg.

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