HAMMERS' SHIELD LEAD; PANTHERS THROUGH IN CUP

Sunday September 30, 2018
PETERBOROUGH and Lakeside will resume rivalries in the Championship Shield at the East of England Arena today (Sunday).

The Hammers hold a ten-point lead from a 50-40 win in the first leg at Hoddesdon last night, but the second half of the double-header saw the Panthers reach the KO Cup semi-finals.

Lakeside were held to a 40-38 victory which was not enough to overturn a 14-point first leg lead, with guest Tero Aarnio and Michael Palm Toft securing a decisive 5-1 in Heat 13 before the curfew was called.

Morris top-scored for the Hammers with 14 in the Shield whilst guest Panthers reserve James Sarjeant scored 11+2. Adam Ellis was the top home scorer in the KO Cup with 11+1, whilst Palm Toft scored 9+1 as the visitors booked a semi-final clash with Scunthorpe.

Lakeside boss Will Pottinger said: “It was a fairly pleasing night overall to be honest.

“Firstly it was good to build up a handy lead to take to Peterborough in the Championship Shield and I thought we rode well as a group.

“The deficit we needed to make up in the Knockout Cup was always going to be tough but we gave it our best and we showed glimpses of potentially pulling it back along the way.”

Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone said: “Considering what we’ve had to put up with, including the injury to Ben Barker on Thursday and Tero coming in at short notice, we’re very happy with the night’s work.

“We were a little unlucky not to hold things closer in the first meeting, and to be honest after running them close in the second I think potentially we would have pushed on and grabbed a win on the night.

“So we’re over the moon to be in another semi-final, and there’s still more to come from us as well.”

Sunday’s meeting will see the Panthers including Thomas Jorgensen and Carl Wilkinson as guests for injured duo Scott Nicholls and Tom Bacon, whilst Lakeside replace NLRC duo Ben Morley and Alfie Bowtell with Josh Pickering and Jason Edwards, and Kasper Andersen is in for the injured Zach Wajtknecht.

Pottinger said: “You never know what could happen machinery-wise, injury-wise, incident-wise so we felt we needed to be safe rather than sorry in such an important meeting.

“Just imagine if we’d have included them, something happens at the NLRC and we ended up running a five-man team at Peterborough!

“We feel we’ve booked three very useful guests as we aim to defend our 10-point lead. We know we’ve got the riders to put in a good performance at Peterborough and hopefully we can reach our first Final of the season.”

Rathbone said: “It’s still very much achievable for us, and it’s down to us to perform. We have Thomas coming in as No.1, and if he does what he did when he guested for us against Berwick we’ll be happy, and it’s all in our hands.

“We’re still on for a quadruple, and they are obviously going to be all-out to defend their lead. I expect plenty of fun and games.”

OFFICIAL REFEREE SCORECARD
Lakeside v Peterborough (CS SF)
Lakeside v Peterborough (C-KOC SF)


Picture: IAN BUSH