Peterborough Panthers are out to continue their perfect Premier League start today (May 10).
The city team go in search of a fourth successive league victory when they entertain Workington Comets at the East of England Showground (6.30pm).
A return to the top of the standings is the prize that awaits if that happens, but club bosses are bracing themselves for the sternest test yet from a visiting team packed full of Alwalton know-how.
Workington number one Kenneth Hansen, captain Rene Bach and reserve Nicki Barrett are all ex-Panthers men and will be fancied to score plenty of points.
Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone said: “The start to the league season has been superb.
“Three wins, including two on the road, have established us in a good position in the table.
“We have picked up every league point possible so far and it would be great to keep that run going.
“But we have to be aware of the threat posed by Workington. There is no doubt in my mind they are one of the better teams at this level and they also have lots of Showground experience in their line-up.
“Slipping up at home proved very costly to us in the League Cup and it is important that doesn’t happen in the league as well.”
Teenage talent Robert Lambert is set to line-up in a league meeting for Panthers for the first time.
The 17 year-old missed victories at Redcar and at home to Rye House due to commitments with top-flight club King’s Lynn and was then sick when Panthers triumphed at Plymouth nine days ago.
Club bosses have drafted in another youngster with highly-rated Australian ace Brady Kurtz guesting at number one.
He top-scored with 13+1 when borrowed for the home success against Rye House a fortnight ago.
Workington have won their only league meeting to date – a 52-40 success over Plymouth last night when they were without all three Danes Hansen, Bach and Barrett.
That trio were due to line-up in the Danish Championship quarter-finals along with Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard, but the meetings were postponed due to bad weather.
PANTHERS: Lewis Blackbird, Ollie Greenwood, Brady Kurtz (guest), Robert Lambert, Simon Lambert, Ulrich Ostergaard, Michael Palm Toft.
WORKINGTON: Rene Bach, Nicki Barrett, Nathan Greaves, Kenneth Hansen, Rider replacement for Rusty Harrison, Kyle Howarth, Ricky Wells.