Panthers aiming for the top

Robert Lambert (red helmet) leads Brady Kurtz (white helmet) when Panthers raced against Somerset Rebels earlier this season.
Robert Lambert (red helmet) leads Brady Kurtz (white helmet) when Panthers raced against Somerset Rebels earlier this season.
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Peterborough Panthers want to be sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League tonight (April 26).

The city team take on Rye House in their second league fixture of the season at the East of England Showground (5pm).

And, after starting with a bang courtesy of a thumping success at Redcar on Thursday (April 23), they are keen to pocket more points.

The three league points available for a home victory will move them level with early pacesetters Sheffield at the head of affairs.

Panthers also have revenge on their minds after being bashed 51-40 by Rye House in a Premier League Cup tie at the Showground in late March. They lost number one Olly Allen to season-ending injuries during that meeting.

Team boss Carl Johnson said: “We paid the price for a bad start to the League Cup so it would be great to be right up there in the league standings.

“We had a terrific result up at Redcar on Thursday and we need to make sure we continue to build momentum.

“We have made no secret of the fact we believe we are capable of challenging for the title, but we certainly can’t afford to drop points at home if that is going to happen.

“We also have the added bit of motivation today as we need to make sure we put right the result against Rye House in the League Cup.”

Panthers continue their current policy of hiring top guests today. Richard Lawson, who excelled at Redcar, again fills in at number one while Australian prospect Brady Kurtz steps in with Robert Lambert again unavailable.

Kurtz top-scored for his own club, Somerset, as they beat Panthers in their final Southern Group outing in the League Cup on Friday (April 24).

Rye House also call on two guests to form a makeshift reserve pairing. They are Nico Covatti, who struggled when guesting for Panthers on Friday, and Tom Perry.

TEAMS:

PANTHERS: Lewis Blackbird, Ollie Greenwood, Brady Kurtz (guest), Simon Lambert, Richard Lawson (guest), Ulrich Ostergaard, Michael Palm Toft.

RYE HOUSE: Robin Aspegren, Steve Boxall, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Nico Covatti (guest), Edward Kennett, Anders Mellgren, Tom Perry (guest).