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Ipswich Witches team changes scuppered as Justin Sedgmen and Connor Mountain stay at Foxhall

PUBLISHED: 22:07 30 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:41 31 July 2017

Justin Sedgmen leading Stefan Nielsen. The Aussie has been re-instated in the Witches team

Justin Sedgmen leading Stefan Nielsen. The Aussie has been re-instated in the Witches team

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Ipswich Witches director of speedway Chris Louis has been scuppered in his attempts to make changes at the Suffolk club.

Ipswich's Connor Mountain leads Peterborough's Tom Bacon at Peterborough. Ipswich's Connor Mountain leads Peterborough's Tom Bacon at Peterborough.

Louis wanted to ‘change the balance of the side’, by parting company with Justin Sedgmen and Connor Mountain. However, his plans have not come to fruition.

In describing what he called ‘the hardest few days in speedway I’ve had’, Louis had to tell both Sedgmen and Mountain the Witches no longer required their services today, before re-instating them both hours later.

“I had proposals to make team changes but they have rightly not been approved,” Louis said.

“I felt Justin (Sedgmen) hasn’t been doing quite was expected of him and I think he knows that too.

“Ritchie Hawkins, as team boss, and me as promoter put our heart and soul into the club and we only want what’s best.

“With a transfer deadline looming as it has this weekend, we needed to make decisions and to change the balance of the side was the decision we wanted to make.

“Our proposals haven’t been accepted though, so I went back to both riders to ask them to stay.

“All I can say is that it speaks volumes for the club and the two riders that both agreed, straightaway to keep racing and giving their best for the Witches.

“In a strange way, this may well have a very positive effect on us and I’m very proud of both riders that they feel strongly enough about the club to stay.

“I’ve had an open discussion with Justin about going forward which I think has been of huge benefit to him, me and the club.”

The Witches lost their first home league meeting of the season on Thursday and Louis admits it has suddenly put added pressure around the Foxhall club.

“We were going along nicely and now that one defeat has just made us look over our shoulders and it made me and Ritchie look at our team plans,” he said.

“Phoning Connor to say he was dropped was the toughest phone call I have had to make, he’s done so little wrong. It’s been the hardest few days in speedway I’ve had to be honest.

“But it’s happened now. We move on and I know both Justin and Connor are 100% on board.”

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