Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Ipswich Witches star Kyle Newman happy for final to be ‘business as usual’

Kyle Newman chases Jason Garrity at Foxhall. Photo: STEVE WALLER

Kyle Newman chases Jason Garrity at Foxhall. Photo: STEVE WALLER

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches rider Kyle Newman says for him it’s ‘business as usual’ ahead of the Championship play-off final, writes Henry Chard.

Nice and relaxed... Witches star Kyle Newman Nice and relaxed... Witches star Kyle Newman

The Witches are pencilled in to race at Sheffield in the first leg of the final on Thursday night, assuming the Tigers hold onto their 28-point lead against Glasgow tonight.

The Witches home leg of the final – against either Sheffield or Glasgow – is on Saturday night at Foxhall.

After a injury-hit start to 2017, Newman has got himself going well and has proved a dependable racer in the Witches line-up. He’s looking forward to the final.

“It is business as usual really, I will be in the gym and making sure the bikes are alright this week,” he said.

“The moment you start thinking ‘this is a final, we’ve got to do this and that extra’. is the moment it all goes wrong. You have to turn up and take it as another meeting, that is the best preparation.

“As soon you start overthinking or overworking. that is when it will come back to haunt you.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love pressure races.

“Rory (Schlein) experienced my attitude a bit at Edinburgh ahead of heat 14 last week, that I really needed to win.

“He came over and was trying to pump me up and I was just there totally relaxed and chilled out. I think he thought I should have been more up for it but I like to go into races like that relaxed and calm, and that is the way I work.

“If you go into it with no pressure or extra stress then you’ll ride to the best of your ability.”

The Dorset-based rider says he is happy with his form going into the final.

“It has been tough this year with injuries but you just have to ride through it,” he said.

“I feel like I have got it together now and hopefully I can continue that in our last few matches and get the wins needed to get that trophy for Ipswich. It has been a long time coming for the club and we definitely deserve it and I want to be a part of that.”

The 25-year-old says that on and off the track it has been a great year, no matter what the result of the final.

“It has been awesome, whatever the result of this weekend, I have been saying it to sponsors and family that this has been my most enjoyable year of speedway because the team has been that much fun,” he added.

“It is not just on raceday, there is always jokes and banter on the group chat, it is constant! It is a great bunch of lads to be a part of and I want to thank them for the year.”

Bartosz Bialkowski and Ipswich Town still have ‘a couple of things to sort’ before the Polish goalkeeper signs his new contract with the club.

Mick McCarthy shouted ‘f*** off’ in the direction of – but, he insists, not at – Ipswich Town fans after his side took the lead at Norwich on Sunday. Today the Blues boss, who has faced plenty of toxic chants over the last 12 months, was quizzed on the incident ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Cardiff.

Mick McCarthy has no new injury worries for tomorrow night’s visit of Cardiff City but admits he could make changes to his side as he prepares for the second of three games in just seven days.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is anticipating another eventful evening when he brings his side to Portman Road tomorrow night.

Ipswich Town welcome a Cardiff side sitting second in the Championship to Portman Road.

Winning games of football is the best way to heal a damaged relationship between touchline and terrace, former Blues boss George Burley insists.

Suffolk Women’s FA Cup quarter-final

Ipswich Town 7

Bungay Town 1

Ipswich Town Ladies continued their attempt to defend the Suffolk Women’s FA Cup for the fourth successive year with a comfortable 7-1 victory over a spirited Bungay Town Ladies’ at Skyliner Sports Centre in Bury St Edmunds, writes Kieren Standley.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has apologised for any offence he caused while celebrating Luke Chambers’ goal at Norwich on Sunday, but has reiterated he did not aim his comments at the Blues fans.

Match highlights from Ipswich Town’s dramatic 1-1 draw with rivals Norwich in the East Anglian derby.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24