A cru­cial Sun­day in Septem­ber

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Pro­moter Ged Rath­bone reck­ons Pan­thers’ sea­son­long pur­suit of a Premier League play-off place may hinge on one af­ter­noon of rac­ing.

The city club have an­nounced their final two home meet­ings of the reg­u­lar sea­son will take place on the same bumper Sun­day at the East of Eng­land Show ground.

They will now host Rye House at 2.30pm on Septem­ber 4 ahead of a 5pm date against Work­ing­ton - and Rath­bone be­lieves those re­sults will be cru­cial in de­ter­min­ing whether or not his side make the play-off cut.

He said: “Our whole sea­son could boil down to just one af­ter­noon.

“If we pick up the right re­sults against Rye House and Work­ing­ton, we’ll morethan likely be in the play-offs.

“But, on the other hand, it could be cur­tains if those two meet­ings do not go our way.

“Our home form has not been any­where near good enough and it is some­thing we have to put right. We’ve got six meet­ings left with four of them be­ing at the Show­ground.”

The next two Pan­thers meet­ings are both against a New­cas­tle side tipped to gate­crash the play-off places.

The Di­a­monds have a stack of meet­ings in hand and also boast a 100 per-cent record at their Brough Park base, where Pan­thers are the visi­tors on Sun­day, 6.30pm.

Rath­bone is a reg­u­lar spec­ta­tor at that venue and added: “I of­ten go along to New­cas­tle and it is clear they are fly­ing at the mo­ment.

“They have some very good rid­ers with the likes of Steve Wor­rall, Lud­vig Lind­gren and Robert Lam­bert, but it is all about gat­ing at Brough Park.

“If we’re on our game, and if we can make some good starts, we’ll have a chance.”

Pan­thers know all about teenage prospect Lam­bert, who re­cently helped Great Bri­tan to sil­ver medals in the WorldCup. He was sacked by the city club to­wards the end of last sea­son.

Pan­thers and New­cas­tle then meet against at the East of Eng­land Show ground next Fri­day (Au­gust 26) - the first of two home meet­ings for the club over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

They also host Red­car on Mon­day, Au­gust 29.

Ged Rath­bone.

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