Witches Let Bandits Through
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches paid the ultimate penalty for a lack lustre display at Foxhall on Thursday night allowing the Berwick Bandits through to the next round of the Knock Out Cup.
Despite the usual double figure scores from number one Danny King & Nico Covatti the rest of the team didn't provide enough support to produce the desired result.
A fall in heat one from Gino Manzares resulted in Berwick gaining a two-point advantage with Ben Barker winning the re-run ahead of Danny King. The Ipswich reserves did make up for this with a 5-1 in heat two but this was to prove only one of only two maximum heat wins for the home team. After this the aggregate points gap between the two teams was never more than four points with Ipswich unable to build up any significant lead on the night.
Scottish Tigers Visiting This Week
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches will face the 'Allied' Glasgow Tigers in a Premier League fixture on Thursday.
They will need to continue the detemination and fighting spirit that produced two much better displays over the weekend as opposed to the first two PL meetings against Sheffield. Director of Speedway, Chris Louis, expects this meeting to be a very tough test for his team against a side that has been rebuilt over the winter. "They have strength from top to bottom including riders such as Nick Morris, Richard Lawson & Aaron Summers. If the lads thought last Monday was tough then think again, this one could be even worse!"
Good news & bad news on the injury front for Ipswich; Gino Manzares returns this week after recovering from a fractured shoulder blade but Cameron Heeps is now sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a double wrist fracture. Rider replacement will be used to cover Cam's rides.
This week's meeting is sponsored by the Keith Martin Group.
Point Gained At Newcastle
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches returned from Brough Park on Sunday night with their first league point of the season.
Top Witches: Nico Covatti 13 (including 4 pt tac. ride), Rohan Tungate 9 + 2
Top Diamonds: Steve Worrall 13, Ludvig Lindgren 10+1