Ipswich Witches defeat spirited Workington Comets in Championship
PUBLISHED: 22:33 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 22:33 17 August 2017
© Copyright Stephen Waller
Ipswich Witches saw off the spirited challenge of Workington Comets at Foxhall on Thursday night, winning 52-41 in the Championship.
With guest Chris Harris unbeaten in his first three heats, the Witches found the visitors tough to crack, although a mid-meeting surge saw them take control to lead by 14.
Comets team manager Steve Whitehead then elected to use Harris on a tactical ride and he scored a big 8-1 with Mason Campton to reduce the deficit to seven, despite Nathan Greaves passing the Workington guest before being overtaken again.
Cameron Heeps ensured it stayed that way after a battle with Ty Proctor in the 12th, before Danny King and Rory Schlein sewed up victory for the Witches with a maximum in the 13th.
The pair looked to be replaying the act in the 15th, both leading Harris when Proctor fell at the back.
In the re-run Harris split the Witches pair, although by then it mattered little.
Both Witches riders passed Mason Campton in a shared opening heat before the home reserves raced to a 5-1 in heat two, as Ipswich got their noses in front.
Heeps was squeezed out on the first corner of the third, although he was soon past Matt Williamson, in a race won by Ty Proctor, as the visitors pulled a couple back.
Schlein muscled his way past a Thomas Jorgensen in the fourth, to stretch the lead, but Harris won the fifth as again the Comets closed the gap.
This was extended to six after the sixth, with King winning and his team-mate Kyle Newman racing round Jorgensen for a maximum advantage. With Schlein winning the next, Greaves in third, it was stretched to eight.
Sarjeant was penalised for his second jump start in the eighth, going off a 15 metres handicap, in a race won by Campton.The former Witch was off 15 metres again in the next, after going through the tapes. Heeps and Justin Sedgmen scored a 4-2 in the re-run.
King and Newman extended this to 14 with a maximum in the 10th, before Harris and Proctor teamed up for their maximum 8-1.
After struggling with a shoulder injury last night, Sedgmen will miss the clash at Edinburgh on Friday night (tomorrow), the Witches using rider/replacement.
Ipswich Witches 52
Danny King 14, Kyle Newman 7+3, Cameron Heeps 10, Justin Sedgmen 1, Rory Schlein 9+1, Nathan Greaves 6+1, Connor Mountain 5+1
Workington Comets 41
Chris Harris 15, Mason Campton 6+1, Ty Proctor 8, Matt Williamson 4,Thomas Jorgensen 5, James Sarjeant 3+1, Tom Woolley 0
Match points Ipswich 3 Workington 0
1 (re-run) Harris, King, Newman, Campton, 56.8 (3-3)
2 (re-run) Mountain, Greaves, Sarjeant, Woolley 58.7 (8-4)
3 Proctor, Heeps, Williamson, Sedgmen (ret), 57.8 (10-8)
4 Schlein, Jorgensen, Mountain, Woolley, 57.4 (14-10)
5 Harris, Heeps, Campton, Greaves (f/rm), 56.5 (16-14)
6 (re-run) King, Newman, Jorgensen, Woolley, 56.7 (21-15)
7 Schlein, Proctor, Greaves, Williamson, 57.7 (25-17)
8 (re-run) Campton, Newman, Mountain, Sarjeant (15m), 58.3 (28-20)
9 (re-run) Heeps, Jorgensen, Sedgmen, Sarjeant (15m), 57.2 (32-22)
10 King, Newman, Proctor, Williamson, 57.3 (37-23)
11 Harris (TR), Campton, Greaves, Schlein, 58.6 (38-31)
12 Heeps, Proctor, Sarjeant, Mountain, 57.9 (41-34)
13 (re-run) King, Schlein, Harris, Jorgensen, 56.9 (46-35)
14 Williamson, Greaves, Sarjeant, Sedgmen (ret), 59.1 (48-39)
15 King, Harris, Schlein, Proctor (f/exc) 56.6 (52-41)