Ipswich Witches make long trek to Scotland again looking to tame the Glasgow Tigers
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Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches make another lengthy trip to Scotland tomorrow night to take on Glasgow Tigers in the Championship (7.30pm), writes Henry Chard.
The Suffolk side took a point at Edinburgh on Friday night after a narrow defeat before suffering a frustrating rain off at Sheffield on Sunday.
The Witches have confirmed their play-off spot and barring a disastrous week, Glasgow will also be in the top four come the end of the season.
Cameron Heeps is still on the side-lines with injury, and rider replacement will be used at No.2 at Glasgow.
Justin Sedgmen is still missing with injury too and Mark Riss guests again at number three after an impressive guest appearance at Foxhall a couple of weeks ago.
Glasgow started the season strongly and have spent the majority of the season in the top two but with injuries mounting up their form has dropped in recent weeks and they now sit in fourth with meetings in hand. Nike Lunna is out for the season with Tom Perry and Dan Bewley both currently on the sidelines too. Rider replacement will be used for Bewley with Scunthorpe’s Ryan Douglas coming in for Lunna and Poole’s James Shanes coming in at reserve.
Ipswich claimed a point at Ashfield earlier in the season after a battling display saw them recover from a bad start to narrowly lose 49-43.
Team Manager Ritchie Hawkins is hopeful they can get the meeting on this week with the miles being clocked up for his Witches side at the moment after a long hard season.
“We want to get the fixture on at Glasgow on Wednesday and we are hoping for no rain although the forecast is not looking great at the moment,” said Hawkins.
“We want to get the meeting done and there is potential there to get a good result with both teams carrying injuries and having riders missing going into the fixture. I would take a win there in the play-offs if it meant we lost on Wednesday but we are looking for another good performance like at Edinburgh.
“We have done a lot of travelling up and down to Scotland this season and it can takes its toll on people. We have riders that are very professionally set up and they are going to get a few months off over the winter. When you are focused on big meetings and the adrenaline is going I don’t think it will be a factor though.”
Mark Riss guests again for the Witches having impressed Hawkins and the boss says there are plenty of options if guests are needed in the play-offs.
“Mark knows Glasgow well having been there a couple of times this year with Edinburgh and he has done well there in the past,” he said.
“He is guesting for us at Sheffield on Thursday too. He fits in well and he did well last week when he rode for us so is getting some more meetings. In the play-offs hopefully Cam will be back, his fitness levels are improving and he is positive about that.”
Glasgow ‘Allied Vehicles’ Tigers:
1. Richie Worrall 8.85
2. R/R for Dan Bewley 5.94
3. Richard Lawson 8.65
4. Ryan Douglas (g) 6.08
5. Aaron Summers (c) 8.27
6. James Shanes (g) 2.83
7. Jack Smith 2.38
8. Ryan MacDonald
Team Manager: Stewart Dickson
Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches:
1. Danny King (c) 9.15
2. R/R for Cameron Heeps 6.93
3. Mark Riss (g) 6.16
4. Kyle Newman 6.13
5. Rory Schlein 8.44
6. Nathan Greaves 4.62
7. Connor Mountain 3.27
Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins
Referee: S. Wilson
Team Pl Pts
Sheffield 31 77
Witches 34 73
Edinburgh 32 64
Glasgow 30 63
Redcar 33 59
Newcastle 32 47
Peterborough 31 44
Workington 28 38
Scunthorpe 34 31
Berwick 35 27