Rockets Grounded By Witches
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches achieved their pre-meeting target of taking all three League Cup points by defeating local rivals the Rye House 'Restart' Rockets 55-38 at Foxhall on Thursday night.
Danny King top scored for Ipswich on 14 with Rohan Tungate (11+1) & Cameron Heeps (11) giving him excellent support. Edward kennett was top Rocket on 13+1 (incl. 6 point tactical ride).
Ipswich took a while to settle with their initial six-point lead after four heats being reduced back to two after a 5-1 from Rye House in heat five. After this the home side stepped up a gear and had stretched their lead to twelve points after heat ten. Rye House nominated Edward Kennett for a tactical ride in heat eleven which he duly won but with his team mate Robin Aspegren held back in last place the points gained were restricted to three.
Heats twelve & thirteen saw a 4-2 to each side so going in to heat thirteen the points gap was at nine points and the home side needed to make sure the Rockets didn't get any closer and grab a League Cup point. Home fans needn't have worried; firstly Cameron Heeps & Stefan Nielsen combined to score a 5-1 in heat fourteen with their team mates Danny King & Rohan Tungate repeating this score in heat fifteen.
Important Week For Witches
The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches welcome the Rye House 'Restart' Rockets to Foxhall on Thursday for their final home League Cup fixture. With Rye House currently heading the League Cup Southern Group Ipswich must take all three points from this meeting and then bring back a minimum of three points from Plymouth on Friday to ensure they take over that top spot and progress through to the semi finals.
Gino Manzares will take a late fitness test following his heavy crash at Foxhall last Thursday and if he is not fit rider replacement will be used to cover his rides. Apart from that Ipswich expect to be at full strength. Rye House will look quite different from the team Ipswich faced at Hoddesdon in March. Already missing both reserves Kasper Lykke (knee injury) & Luke Bowen (taking a break from the sport) Steve Boxall picked up a shoulder injury on Saturday night and he will also be taking a late fitness test with R/R being used if he is not able to race.
Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches
1. Danny King 8.84, 2. Ritchie Hawkins © 5.27, 3. Gino Manzares 6.02 (if fit), 4. Cameron Heeps 5.38, 5. Rohan Tungate 8.36, 6. Stefan Nielsen 4.23, 7. Nico Covatti 4.19
Team Manager: Phil Hilton