Swindon specialists to help Panthers out in KO Cup clash
PETERBOROUGH Panthers have hired a couple of Swindon specialists for tonight’s KO Cup Quarterfinal (first leg) tie at Blunsdon (7.30pm).
Lakeside Hammers captain Adam Shields and Coventry’s Edward Kennett will guest for the city side in place of absent pair Niels Kristian Iversen and Krzysztof Buczkowski.
Shields has three double-figure scores to his name from his last three visits to Swindon, while Kennett enjoyed a profitable night there with Coventry earlier this summer.
Kennett will operate from Buczkowski’s number four berth. The Pole was due to be missing because he was involved in Grand Prix qualifying in Russia, but has subsequently fallen ill during the 13-hour trip.
Iversen is still not fit enough to compete allowing Shields to take part tonight. Panthers will operate rider replacement for Troy Batchelor who is on Grand Prix qualifying duty in Hungary.
Panthers director of speedway Peter Oakes said: “It’s difficult to say how the changes will affect us as you are never sure how guests will go.”
The second leg will be staged at Alwalton on a date yet to be arranged. Tonight’s teams Panthers: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 rider replacement, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Edward Kennett, 5 Adam Shields, 6 Mat Tresarieu, 7 Craig Cook.
Swindon: 1 Leigh Adams, 2 Morten Risager, 3 Grzegorz Zengota, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Simon Stead, 6 Jordan Frampton, 7 Thomas H. Jonasson.