Swales prepared for stiff Swindon test

PUBLISHED: 11:47 26 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:13 04 March 2010

ELITE LEAGUE A

PETERBOROUGH v SWINDON

PETERBOROUGH entertain the pundits' tip for the Elite League title as the Swindon Robins arrive for the first of two matches at the Showground this week.

ELITE LEAGUE A

PETERBOROUGH v SWINDON

PETERBOROUGH entertain the pundits' tip for the Elite League title as the Swindon Robins arrive for the first of two matches at the Showground this week.

The Robins have enjoyed a steady start to the season winning all their opening 6 matches, and away at Coventry, and they have a very solid top five led by Australian GP star Leigh Adams.

Troy Batchelor unfortunately broke a scaphoid in a heat 4 fall in Thursday's win over league leaders Wolverhampton, and looks set to miss the next two months, The Robins have moved quickly to sign Slovenian Matej Zagar on a short term deal and he will make his debut in this fixture. 2007 was the last time he appeared in the Elite League, when his arrangement with the Reading Bulldogs came to a premature end.

Ex Panther Simon Stead, Travis McGowan and Jurica Pavlic complete a pretty solid looking top end whilst free scoring reserve Ryan Fisher, the exciting USA star who Panthers can take some credit for bringing him to the attention of Swindon, is not available for the Robins due to a commitment for his Premier League side Edinburgh, with Swindon nominating Krzysztof Stojanowski and Cory Gathercole as their reserves for this match.

The Robins are clearly very strong at home but the management have recently said they are restless, in respect of the lack of away scoring done by some of their stars, who they clearly feel should be doing better, Nevertheless they present Panthers with a formidable challenge and did win at the Showground last year.

Panthers meanwhile go into these weeks' two matches disappointed with the refusal of the BSPA MC to grant a facility for the missing Karol Zabic, Panthers options without a facility are limited to the teams No 8 (Andrew Tully) or a Premier League rider (with a PL CMA of 6.00 or less).

On that basis Peterborough have arranged for Andrew Tully to ride and he will make a quick dash from Scunthorpe in the afternoon, where he rides for Edinburgh at 3.00pm to the Showground in time for our match in the evening.

This will be Panthers first bank holiday meeting for 2009 and supporters are reminded that this match has an earlier start time of 6.30pm.

Team Manager Trevor Swales said: “This should be our stiffest test so far as everyone has rightly tipped this team to win the league, they are led by Leigh Adams, who in my opinion is the best and most consistent rider in the league and they also have Simon Stead who rides the Showground very well. Clearly the disappearance of Karol puts extra pressure on everyone but the team are riding well and I expect them to cope.”

Promoter Mick Bratley said: “I feel that as a club we have been through the mill over the last few days, I am happy that we have a home fixture and that it will give our boys some confidence. Swindon are at a low ebb through injuries, so it is a good time for us to face them.”

Owner Rick Frost said: “We are fortunate to have such a good reserve as Andrew Tully to take the place of Karol and I'm sure he will contribute to the points tally. The rest of the team are all in top form so I am confident we can win this home meeting.”

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