Panthers out to lay down a marker

Olly Allen rides for Panthers against his old club Somerset Rebels. Photo: David Lowndes.

Olly Allen rides for Panthers against his old club Somerset Rebels. Photo: David Lowndes.

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Peterborough Panthers intend to display their silverware credentials in their first competitive meeting of the new season tomorrow (March 22).

The city racers entertain Somerset Rebels at the East of England Showground (1pm) in a Premier League Cup, Southern Group clash.

And team boss Carl Johnson is confident his new side can go one better than last season when Panthers reached the final of this competition only to prove to be no match for the treble-winning Edinburgh Monarchs.

Johnson said: “It is important we get off to a good start in the League Cup with a win.

“Somerset are a strong team who always challenge for honours and beating them would be a great way for us to lay down a marker.

“We did well in the competition last season although it was obviously disappointing not to put up more of a fight in the final when we were not able to track a full-strength team.

“This year it is all about going one better and the first challenge is getting through our group.”

Panthers hand a debut to new Danish recruit Michael Palm-Toft tomorrow. The 24 year-old has been drafted in as a short-term replacement for injury victim Adam Roynon.

Number one Olly Allen lines up against a team he spearheaded last season while reserve Ollie Greenwood faces a side he was initially due to represent in 2015 before increased work commitments forced him to pull out of the Rebels plans.

Teams:

Panthers: Olly Allen, Lewis Blackbird, Ollie Greenwood, Robert Lambert, Simon Lambert, Ulrich Ostergaard, Michael Palm Toft.

Somerset: Benji Compton, Josh Grajczonek, Brady Kurtz, Leigh Lanham, Paul Starke, Richie Worrall, Charles Wright.