A tough trip as Pan­thers visit ta­ble-top­ping Rebels

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Mark Plum­mer SPEED­WAY COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Pan­thers will to­mor­row night (Fri­day) at­tempt to suc­ceed where all be­fore them have failed.

The city side go to Premier League lead­ers Som­er­set, a team still boast­ing a 100 per cent record af­ter 11 league meet­ings.

It is a sparkling run which has seen the Rebels roar to the sec­ond-tier sum­mit de­spite hav­ing rid­den at least three fewer meet­ings than the other five sides cur­rently in the play-off spots.

Pan­thers are with­out num­ber one Craig Cook for the trip to the Oak­tree Arena due to an Elite League fix­ture clash. New­cas­tle man Matej Kus is the guest stand-in.

But Cook re­turns for a re­u­nion against his for­mer club at the East of Eng­land Show­ground on Sun­day.

Ed­in­burgh Mon­archs, the team he helped to back-to­back ti­tles in the last cou­ple of years, pro­vide the op­po­si­tion as Pan­thers in­ter­rupt a long run of away clashes with a home out­ing (5pm).

Pro­moter Ged Rath­bone said: “We man­aged to pick up four points from two meet­ings last week and we would be more than happy with the same re­turn again.

“We know all about the strength and qual­ity of Som­er­set af­ter the won at our place in the league and beat us in both legs of our KO Cup quar­ter-fi­nal.

“Our record against them has to change at some point and we’ll go there with the in­ten­tion of ru­in­ing their un­beaten record.

“We’ll ap­proach it just as we did the two away meet­ings at Sh­effield and Work­ing­ton last week.

“A point is the goal and any­thing else is a bonus.

“We’re in a dif­fi­cult run of away meet­ings and that means it is vi­tal we take ad­van­tage of the home clash against Ed­in­burgh.

“They are an­other side gun­ning for a play-off spot and we need to get the win. We can’t slip up at home again.”

FREE EN­TRY

Pan­thers are of­fer­ing free en­try pack­ages to lo­cal ju­nior sports teams to all three of their home meet­ings dur­ing Au­gust – the Ed­in­burgh clash this week­end, a date against New­cas­tle on Au­gust 26 and the visit of Red­car on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, Au­gust 29.

Any teams in­ter­ested in tak­ing up the of­fer can make con­tact by email to pe­ter­bor­ough­speed­way­of­fice@ya­hoo.com, or through the club’s Twit­ter and Face­book ac­counts.

Craig Cook misses to­mor­row’s match against Som­er­set Rebels.

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