Swales hopeful of catching the runaway leaders
PANTHERS team boss Trevor Swales has refused to rule out the possibility of reeling in runaway Elite League leaders Poole.
Swales saw his side strengthen their grip on a play-off place with a 51-42 televised triumph over secondplaced Lakeside at the Showground last night.
The victory completed a maximum-points, either-side-of-the-weekend home double for a team improving all the time and boasting an unbeaten nine-match record at Alwalton.
Panthers remain fourth in the standings, but are now only four points adrift of last night’s victims. But Swales has his sights set higher still - even though table-topping Poole boast a 15-point cushion over his men.
Swales (below) said: “You should never write anything off until it is mathematically impossible.
“That certainly isn’t the case at the moment so my sights are set on first place, just as they have been from the word ‘go’.
“Of course Poole are in a commanding position, but there is still just under half-a-season remaining.
“That means there is plenty of time for them to hit problems - and with the nature of this sport you never know what is around the corner.
“On the other hand we have a team that is getting stronger and stronger as the season goes on and it is our job to continue to improve and apply the pressure to Poole and the other sides currently above us.
“To do that we need to start picking up points on the road and I remain convinced we are capable of doing that.”
Star man Kenneth Bjerre led the way with a splendid 14+1-point paid maximum last night while Australian duo Rory Schlein and Troy Batchelor also shone.
Panthers have the opportunity to improve their poor away record (they have managed only one away win all season) when travelling to bottom side Eastbourne on Monday for another televised tussle.