Swales is re­fus­ing to panic af­ter poor week SPEED­WAY

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MARK PLUMMER mark.plummer@jpress.co.uk

PAN­THERS bosses are re­fus­ing to panic de­spite a largely dis­ap­point­ing re­turn to Elite League bat­tle last week.

The city club col­lected just one con­so­la­tion point when go­ing down to away de­feats on suc­ces­sive nights, fol­low­ing up a nar­row 47-43 re­verse at Birm­ing­ham with a 59-37 drub­bing at Lake­side when only guest star Niels Kris­tian Iversen and young gun Michael Jepsen Jensen emerged with any credit.

Pan­thers are with­out a win since the open­ing day of their com­pet­i­tive sea­son all the way back on Good Fri­day when they did the dou­ble over lo­cal ri­vals King’s Lynn and sit sixth in the early-sea­son stand­ings.

But joint team chief Trevor Swales in­sists his opin­ion of the club’s newlook line-up re­mains un­changed - and he has high hopes of a bet­ter show­ing when they con­tinue a busy spell at Coven­try on Fri­day.

Swales in­sisted: “There are cer­tainly no alarm bells ring­ing. I still firmly be­lieve we have the nu­cleus of AW 2 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L 1 4 0 0 2 6 3 4 3 6

F 319 409 206 196 234 361 221 272 225 220

A 240 425 162 167 220 366 240 277 233 333 Pts 16 13 12 12 10 8 8 6 6 0 a very good side.

“It’s been a tough start to the sea­son. We’ve only man­aged to get one home meet­ing in so far and have had un­help­fully long breaks in fix­tures due to the weather.

“It was like start­ing all over again at Birm­ing­ham on Thurs­day and while you have to be rea­son­ably pleased to pick up a point on the road, we left there with a tinge of dis­ap­point­ment that it wasn’t more.

“Lake­side was one of those meet- ings best con­signed to the archives and left there. It was a bad night and some riders are hav­ing teething prob­lems which is ob­vi­ously down to the lack of meet­ings we’ve had.

“It is still early days but we are look­ing to kick on and take a step for­ward at Coven­try. It’s a track where a num­ber of our riders can per­form well and we’re hop­ing to get back in the points at the very least.”

The trip to Coven­try is fol­lowed by a wel­come re­turn to East of Eng­land Show­ground shale on Mon­day when Pan­thers host Birm­ing­ham.

They are the first two of six meet­ings sched­uled for the re­main­der of May. Pan­thers’ trip to reign­ing cham­pi­ons Poole next Wed­nes­day (May 23) has been se­lected for Sky TV cov­er­age. MAY MEET­INGS Fri 18 v Coven­try (a) Mon 21 v Birm­ing­ham (h) Wed 23 v Poole (a) Thu 24 v Swin­don (a) Mon 28 v Wolver­hamp­ton (a) Thu 31 v Poole (h)

MICHAEL JEPSEN JENSEN: One of the few to emerge with credit last week.

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