Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Luke and Rafal Are Ready to Roar against Panthers; SPEEDWAY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Luke and Rafal Are Ready to Roar against Panthers; SPEEDWAY

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Byline: Martin Neal Sports writer martin.neal@eveninggazette.co.uk

RAFAL Konopka keeps his place and Luke Crang returns from injury as Redcar Bears take on Peterborough Panthers at South Tees Motorsports Park tonight (7.30pm start).

And their contribution from the reserve berths will be crucial to the Ecco Finishing Bears' chances of picking up Premier League points, says team manager Jitendra Duffill.

Promoter Brian Havelock made no secret of the fact he was talking to potential new signings over the weekend, which could have seen Konopka, Crang or both squeezed out.

But the club have confirmed that their declared 1-7 remains the same ahead of a hectic few days in which they also make the long trek to Plymouth tomorrow then visit Rye House on Saturday.

"Peterborough are a strong side and an exciting side," said Duffill. "They're quite smiliar to ourselves in that they have a strong top five, but their reserves look weaker than some of the other teams in the league.

"It's going to be tough because we're nearly a couple of points below the points limit at the moment and that means we need someone to lift their game if we're going to get anything out of it.

"We're going to need our reserves to step it up - we need a contribution from them.

"But in our last home meeting against a good Plymouth team we took all three points with virtually the same side.

"So we know it can be done - we just need to make sure we do it againt tonight."

The Bears are currently seventh in the PL table after collecting a point from their curtailed match at Berwick last Saturday night.

"I think if the match had gone the distance we could have won it, especially with Richard Lawson still to take three rides," said Duffill.

"So hopefully that performance will give the lads some confidence going into a busy few days. …

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