Swales hope­ful of catch­ing the run­away lead­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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