Danny King column. Play-off special: Leave nothing on the track Ipswich Witches boys
PUBLISHED: 09:51 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:19 20 September 2017
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Well, here we go then. The play-offs!
We have spent all season trying to get there and now it’s upon us.
There is no doubt it would mean a lot to me for us to win.
Ipswich is a club close to my heart, I rode for them when I was 16, and we might not ever be in the position we are now ever again, so we need to step up, take it and make it ours.
We need to leave nothing out there and literally it has to be like that.
Everyone has got to give everything because we are taking this no matter what.
It is a strange format, the play-offs, you work hard all year to do well in the league but it all means nothing when it comes down to it.
It is 0-0 for everyone now.
We are looking forward to it and we are in good form and there are a lot of good signs. It is ours for the taking that is for sure.
Personally, I think a league format is more fair to be honest.
You work hard all year with the team you have built and then you get nothing for it at the end by finishing at the top of the league.
In the play-offs, you can have a bit of bad luck or something and that is it.
I go back to when I was with Birmingham.
We won the league with the team we had, it wasn’t the strongest team in the league but we worked hard and won it. Then Poole strengthened up for the play-offs and brought in Greg Hancock and someone else and we ended up losing the final.
It is unfair when you look at it that way and I think the winner of the league should be the winners overall. But that’s just my view. Then again we all know the score before we started the season.
I’ve won the National League with Peterborough and Rye House but that wasn’t through the play-offs.
After previous experiences with Coventry and Ipswich in the play-offs, I think this opportunity now with Ipswich does not come around very often and it is ours for the taking.
I am happy with the form I am in and Nathan (Greaves) and Connor (Mountain) are riding brilliantly at reserve at the minute.
Kyle Newman has really impressed me of late and he is scoring points everywhere.
Then you have Rory (Schlein) and I and hopefully Cam (Heeps) can come back fit at some point.
If not we have a great guest in Mason Campton, who did so well for us at Foxhall in a recent meeting last month.
I think we are in a good place at the minute and this is the best chance we will have to take it and we need to do it.
You can’t feel the pressure at this stage and you just have to treat it like any other meeting.
I will probably have a chat with the other boys and I will just say it’s another meeting.
We treat them one at a time and we will go into it relaxed, enjoying it and we will have fun. It would be nice to get a big win tonight, to go to Edinburgh tomorrow with. But I believe we can win there too.
It would just be nice to go there with a lead and do our thing.
I am happy with my form now.
I have had a few minor problems of late which I have not been happy with but I think I have got to the bottom of that now and I had a really good one on Sunday at Leicester when I rode against a Coventry side, that included Rory. It was a fun day and a big crowd was there.
I am hoping everything is back to how it should be going into these huge meetings.
So, now it’s up to us and of course you can help us.
Please come to Foxhall tomorrow and cheer us on.
Nothing would be greater than for us to build up a huge lead and defend it at Edinburgh tomorrow night.
Then of course it would be the actual play-off final next week.
How exciting is that?
But let’s get Edinburgh over with first.
See you at Foxhall tomorrow... GIVE US A BIG CHEER
AS TOLD TO HENRY CHARD