More Local Rivalry This Afternoon
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches travel to Hoddsdon this afternoon for a League Cup fixture against their other local rivals the Rye House 'Silver Ski' Rockets. After losing home & away to Peterborough on Good Friday they will need to bounce back quickly and take as many points as possible from this meeting to retain any chance of progressing in the competition.
Rye House also have something to prove in front of their home fans as they have suffered consecutive home defeats against Plymouth & Somerset.
Rye House 'Silver Ski' Rockets
Edward Kennett, Jason Bunyan (C), Jason Garrity, Luke Bowen, Mathieu Tresarrieu, Simon Lambert, Steve Boxall
Team manager: John Sampford
Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches
Adam Ellis, Cameron Heeps, Gino Manzares, Morten Risager, Richie Worrall, Ritchie Hawkins (C), Rohan Tungate
Team manager: Chris Louis
A Bad Friday For Witches
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches were knocked off the top of the Premier League Cup table today after being soundly beaten home & away by the Peterborough Panthers. In front of a large bank holiday crowd it was Ipswich that appeared unable to adapt to what were typical afternoon meeting conditions and with good gating required from the start they were too often left trailing behind when the tapes went up.
The first four heats were shared although heat four was looking to be a certain 5-1 to Ipswich until Ritchie Hawkins unexpectedly fell while in 2nd place on the 3rd lap. Peterborough dealt the first blow in heat five by scoring a 5-1 and then started to take command of the meeting building up a ten point lead by the end of heat ten. Ipswich nominated Rohan Tungate for a tactical ride and he combined with reserve guest Chris Mills to score a 7-2 halving the points deficit. However this was to be the last heat advantage of the afternoon for the home team as Peterborough hit back by scoring three 4-2s & a 5-1 in the last heat to win by a fifteen point margin.
A very disappointed Witches team manager, Chris Louis, said afterwards: "That was a very lacklustre & disappointing performance and for this to happen in front of one of our biggest crowds of the season is inexcusable."