Speedway - Lambert looking for more points

Red-hot reserve Simon Lambert.
Red-hot reserve Simon Lambert.
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Red-hot reserve Simon Lambert is out to pile up more points as Panthers attempt to extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League season tonight (May 29).

The Readypower Panthers – one of just two teams yet to beaten in the league – entertain Berwick Bandits at the East of England Showground (7.30pm).

And Lambert is determined to make it a hat-trick of double-figures displays in succession after pocketing a dozen points in the club’s last Premier League outing - a 45-45 draw at Sheffield - before delivering a match-winning haul of 15+1 in the Travel Plus Tours KO Cup first round, first leg showdown against Plymouth on Bank Holiday Monday.

Lambert said: “In all honesty I was a bit disappointed with 12 points at Sheffield because I didn’t make a single start all night there.

“But I was much happier on Bank Holiday Monday and it was probably the best I have ever ridden a speedway bike. I was making starts, I felt fast and scored some good points.

“I’m really enjoying my racing at Peterborough. It’s also great to be riding on my doorstep as it means a lot of my family and friends can get along to support.

“Hopefully my good form can continue against Berwick who have started the league season well themselves.

“But we are proud of our unbeaten record in the league and want to keep it going for as long as we can.”

Panthers have drafted in Lasse Bjerre to guest at number one while they operate the rider replacement facility to cover the absence of injured Lewis Blackbird.

Berwick are spearheaded by one of the leading riders at Premier League level, Ben Barker, and they also have an in-form reserve of their own with Richard Hall piling up the points in recent meetings.

Hall is a popular figure with Peterborough supporters after starring in the Elite League title success of 2006 and will be anxious to erase the memory of a fruitless return to Panthers colours last season.

Like Panthers, Berwick also track a much-changed team after losing two riders to serious injuries in the space of as many meetings last week.

Czech ace Hynek Stichauer suffered a broken ankle in a crash last Thursday and Claus Vissing damaged knee ligaments on Saturday.

Jan Graversen and Ryan Fisher, who raced at the Showground for his regular club Plymouth on Bank Holiday Monday, have received guest bookings.

The Bandits also operate rider replacement for Thomas Jorgensen who has a fixture clash in his native Denmark.

TEAMS

READYPOWER PANTHERS: Lasse Bjerre (guest), Rider replacement for Lewis Blackbird, Ollie Greenwood, Robert Lambert, Simon Lambert, Ulrich Ostergaard, Michael Palm Toft.

BERWICK: Ben Barker, Kevin Doolan, Alex Edberg, Ryan Fisher (guest), Jan Graversen (guest), Richard Hall, Rider replacement for Thomas Jorgensen.