Pan­thers skip­per is hop­ing for a change of for­tunes at Coven­try

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

PAN­THERS cap­tain Ken­neth Bjerre hopes to find the cure for a cri­sis of con­fi­dence tonight.

The Dan­ish star ad­mits he has made silly mis­takes and feels he has been plagued by bad luck dur­ing a dif­fi­cult few days in four coun­tries.

Bjerre en­dured his worst-ever Grand Prix per­for­mance in the Czech Repub­lic last Satur­day, failed to score in Poland the fol­low­ing day, had an­other off-night in Swe­den on Tues­day and man­aged just four points in the first leg of the Dan­ish Final on Wed­nes­day.

But he hopes a re­turn to these shores for Pan­thers’ trip to Coven­try in the Elite League at Bran­don tonight (8pm start) will pro­vide the spark his sea­son needs.

Bjerre said: “Things just seem to be go­ing against me right now, but you just have to get on with it.

“I didn’t have a good Grand Prix, I had a chain snap when I was lead­ing a race in Swe­den and I got ex­cluded in a first corner in the Dan­ish Final. I’m not get­ting much luck at all.

“The good thing is that we’ve sorted out the is­sues with the bikes we had ear­lier in the sea­son and the en­gines are work­ing well so now it is just about get­ting my con­fi­dence back to where it should be.

“A few race wins for Pan­thers tonight will cer­tainly help. I had a pretty de­cent time at Birm­ing­ham last Thurs­day when I just missed the start in my first race, so hope­fully I’ll be able to get an­other good num­ber of points at Coven­try.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed go­ing there and hope­fully we can start the meet­ing a bit bet­ter than we have been do­ing and have a good night.”

Like Bjerre, Pan­thers could also do with an up­turn in for­tunes af­ter suf­fer­ing away de­feats on suc­ces­sive nights at Birm­ing­ham and Lake­side last week. They are with­out a win since the open­ing day of their Elite League sea­son back on Good Fri­day.

Bjerre is cer­tainly not the only mem­ber of their squad with a soft spot for Coven­try. Win­ter sign­ing Olly Allen spent four sea­sons in Bees colours while Swedish star Li­nus Sund­strom showed his lik­ing for the Mid­lands venue by win­ning it’s open­ing night Bran­don­apo­lis indi- vid­ual meet­ing.

Sund­strom ad­mit­ted pub­licly that he was dis­ap­pointed with his dis­plays in Pan­thers colours last week, but he was back on song in his home­land on Wed­nes­day night when win­ning a qual­i­fier for the Swedish Final.

Pan­thers are with­out three riders tonight. They op­er­ate rider re­place­ment due to both dou­bling-up sec­ond strings, Rene Bach and Lasse Bjerre, be­ing un­avail­able.

They’re both rid­ing in the Premier League for Work­ing­ton and Le­ices­ter re­spec­tively. Dou­bling-up re­serve Richard Law­son is also on Work­ing­ton duty which means Kyle New­man makes his com­pet­i­tive Pan­thers de­but. Pan­thers: 1 Ken­neth Bjerre, 2 rider re­place­ment for Rene Bach/lasse Bjerre, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Michael Jepsen Jensen, 5 Li­nus Sund­strom, 6 Kyle New­man, 7 Jesper B. Mon­berg.

DIF­FI­CULT SEA­SON: Ken­neth Bjerre.

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