Speedway - two tough tests for the Panthers

Oliver Greenwood in action for Panthers at Ipswich on Friday. Photo: David Lowndes
Oliver Greenwood in action for Panthers at Ipswich on Friday. Photo: David Lowndes

Peterborough Panthers are set to go from one extreme to the other during a busy Easter Monday (April 6).

The city side face two hugely different tests as they bid to register their first Premier League Cup successes of the campaign.

An afternoon visit to the tiny, technical Rye House Stadium for a revenge mission against the Rockets (2pm) is followed by an evening outing at the super-fast East of England Showground in a rapidly re-arranged clash against Ipswich (7.30pm).

And team boss Carl Johnson has high hopes of success at both venues despite a hat-trick of defeats to start the 2015 season.

He said: “I don’t think we are a million miles away from where we want to be despite the injury problems and the decisions that have gone against us.

“Our reserves probably hold the key down at Rye House. Simon Lambert and Ollie Greenwood are both former Rockets rider and Ollie also won his British Under 19 title there last year.

“They know their way around the place and we will need points from them along with all the boys.

“The one thing we really need to try to do is cut out the last places in races. Those points for thirds soon add up and make a big difference to a meeting.

“Obviously the two tracks pose very different challenges for the riders, but I don’t see why we can’t get results home and away if we have everyone scoring to their potential.”

Panthers will hand guest bookings to Richard Lawson in place of injured number one Olly Allen in both meetings.

Lawson scored a paid maximum in the Elite League on Good Friday when helping Lakeside to defeat King’s Lynn.

Lasse Bjerre had initially been booked to face Ipswich, but has had to pull out of the engagement.

Ipswich are stronger for their re-arranged visit than they would have been for the initial clash had it gone ahead on Good Friday.

Great Britain international Danny King would have missed that fixture due to an Elite League commitment, but the Witches number one is available tomorrow night.

THE TEAMS

RYE HOUSE vs PETERBOROUGH

RYE HOUSE: Robin Aspegren, Luke Bowen, Steve Boxall, Nico Covatti (guest) Nicolai Busk Jakobsen, Edward Kennett, Anders Mellgren.

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

PETERBOROUGH vs IPSWICH

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

IPSWICH: Nico Covatti, Ritchie Hawkins (or rider replacement), Cameron Heeps, Danny King, Gino Manzares, Stefan Nielsen, Rohan Tungate.