Speedway - Simon proud to lead Panthers on his comeback

Simon Lambert in action.
Simon Lambert in action.
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Returning reserve Simon Lambert was proud to take on the Panthers captaincy on a temporary basis.

Lambert was named stand-in skipper for his comeback from injury in a 51-41 triumph over Newcastle last Friday.

He was given the nod after Lewis Blackbird, who had been filling in for regular skipper Ulrich Ostergaard, retired.

And, after contributing paid eight points, he said: “It is an honour to captain my local club even if it is only for one or two meetings.

“Everyone knows how much I’m enjoying life at Peterborough and it was great to be back racing after injury.

“I’m probably not quite as fit as I thought I would be, but I’ll get stronger the more I ride.

“I was very nervous before the start, but that happens after you’ve been out for a while.

“The track was a bit heavy for me and that is not something you will hear me say too often.

“Under normal circumstances I would have wanted double-figures, but I’m happy enough to have scored a few points and helped the team win.”

Lambert will lead the team again at Ipswich tomorrow night (August 27) before Ostergaard returns to the fray at Somerset on Friday (August 28).