Patched-up Pan­thers put up brave fight

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

PAN­THERS failed to shake a huge mon­key from their backs last night - but they did keep alive their hopes of a lengthy Elite League KO Cup run.

A 49-41 quar­ter-fi­nal first leg de­feat against Swin­don was their 24th suc­ces­sive re­verse at The Abbey Sta­dium, but team boss Trevor Swales was heart­ened by the out­come af­ter field­ing a team patched up by two guests and also in­clud­ing squad man Craig Cook.

The two sides were locked to­gether at 33-33 un­til Swin­don claimed two cru­cial 5-1s.

Swales said: “We went there look­ing for vic­tory and I thought that this might fi­nally be our night as we were in touch un­til the 5-1s cost us.

“But I would cer­tainly hope we are up to the task of turn­ing it around in the sec­ond leg.”

Full re­port: page 75

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