Troy will be look­ing for a Batch of points

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

TROY Batch­e­lor has pledged to over­come a bout of ill health and bike trou­ble to roar back to his best dur­ing a crunch spell for Pan­thers.

The Aus­tralian star has been strug­gling to fight off the flu which he in­sists was re­spon­si­ble for poor per­for­mances ei­ther side of the week­end.

Batch­e­lor hit the deck twice when only man­ag­ing one point as the city side were thumped 58-37 at Lake­side last Fri­day and was then with­drawn to­wards the end of their East Anglian derby tri­umph over Ip­swich at the Show­ground on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

But a high-scor­ing re­turn to form in Swe­den on Tues­day - when he hit 11+1 for reign­ing Elis­te­rien cham­pi­ons Le­jo­nen - was the per­fect tonic for Batch­e­lor ahead of his re­turn to Peter­bor­ough duty.

And the 22 year-old is de­ter­mined to shine back on these shores tonight when Pan­thers have the chance to ex­act a quick slice of re­venge over sec­ond-placed Lake­side. They then go to third-placed Wolver­hamp­ton on Mon­day.

Batch­e­lor said: “I got sick on Fri­day and had a real bad night at Lake­side.

“I’ve had a chest in­fec­tion and a bit of flu, and I cer­tainly didn’t feel up to rid­ing on Fri­day or Mon­day. In hind­sight it might have been bet­ter for both my­self and the club if I hadn’t, but you can’t be go­ing and cry­ing off.

“I’m sure I would have got the blame had we lost to Ip­swich on Mon­day, but the other boys stepped up af­ter I had to with­draw, in par­tic­u­lar Mat Tre­sar­rieu.

“We are so busy that we don’t have time to get over any sort of ill­ness and I haven’t been helped by hav­ing a few en­gine prob­lems as well.

“But I’m feel­ing bet­ter each day and I’m bor­row­ing an en­gine from Michael Lee tonight which will hope­fully help me get plenty of points.

“We need to get one back on Lake- side and pull back some points on them in the ta­ble be­fore try­ing to get some­thing on the road at Wolver­hamp­ton.”

Batch­e­lor, who will line up in the first round of GP qual­i­fiers next week­end, launched his Pan­thers ca­reer in fine style af­ter a high-pro­file win­ter trans­fer from Swin­don but af­ter his last two out­ings he is now run­ning at an av­er­age of 6.58 - al­most half-a-point down on his start­ing fig­ure.

Now he hopes to trans­fer his fine con­ti­nen­tal form to Eng­land. He added: “It has been awe­some for me abroad this year. Things have gone re­ally well in Swe­den and Poland which are the two hard­est leagues in the world.

“But I’ve had a cou­ple of blips over here af­ter start­ing re­ally well so I need to get back on it.”

Team man­ager Trevor Swales cer­tainly ex­pects Batch­e­lor to be back to his best tonight.

He said: “There is no doubt Troy has been un­der the weather and he was hav­ing dif­fi­culty breath­ing at one point on Mon­day.

“The doc­tor took the de­ci­sion to with­draw him but his score in Swe­den on Tues­day sug­gests he is get­ting over the virus so I’m ex­pect­ing good things from him again.”

Lake­side will field an iden­ti­cal side to last Fri­day with King’s Lynn ace Kevin Doolan again drafted in as a guest for re­serve in­jury vic­tim Paul Hurry.

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