Another Point But It Could Have Been More
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches came very close to taking a win against the Glasgow Tigers on Sunday afternoon but another poor start hampered this.
Ipswich team manager, Phil Hilton, summed up the meeting as follows: "Another good point gained although again a bad start to the meeting cost us the meeting with too many points being lost through falls and mistakes. However once again the boys pulled themselves together and run a much fancied Glasgow side to a last heat decider. Number one Danny King, Nico Covatti and Gino Manzares all scored vital wins and Stefan Nielsen contributed well on his return to the side. Both Rohan and Ritchie struggled and despite their best efforts never really looked at home on the pacy Ashfield track".
Glasgow Tigers 47
Richard Lawson 10+1, Aaron Summers 9+1, Dimitri Berge 8+2, Nick Morris 8+1, Victor Palovaara 7, David Howe 5+2
Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches 45
Nico Covatti 13+1, Danny King 11+1, Gino Manzares 8+2, Stefan Nielsen 8, Rohan Tungate 5, Ritchie Hawkins 0, Cameron Heeps r/r.
Seven Witches To Face Devils This Week
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches welcome the Plymouth 'Skillsgroup' Devils on Thursday (2nd July) for a Premier League fixture.
Despite their lowly position in the league table the Plymouth team are starting to show better form and will be full of confidence after beating Peterborough at the East of England showgroud on Sunday (28th June). Ipswich co-promoter, Chris Louis, has warned his team that they will need to be dialled in from the very start of this meeting and make sure they finish the job off this week.
Good news for Ipswich fans is that Cameron Heeps successfully came through a test at Sheffield last Thursday and will return to the lineup this week. Team manager, Phil Hilton, has changed the riding order to coincide with this and it will see Cameron ride at number 2, Rohan Tungate moves to number 4 and Nico Covatti takes over the number 5 position.
Reserve Change For Witches
Following another disappointing score at Glasgow on Sunday night it was announced by Ipswich Speedway that Ritchie Hawkins would be leaving the club with immediate effect. He had struggled to regain form after his early season injury with his confidence also suffering as a result. His replacement will be Ashley Morris who also rides for King’s Lynn.
Ipswich co-promoter, Chris Louis, is looking forward to having a full team lineup for the next home meeting on Thursday, 2nd July: “We would like to welcome Ashley to the side and with Cameron (Heeps) taking a fitness test this week the timing couldn’t be better as we look forward to having a seven man team for the first time in the league this season.
“It is of course very disappointing to be saying goodbye to Ritchie who has been fantastic to work with and a great skipper. However this season got off to the worst possible start for him and his frustration did get the better of him at times.