Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Rare Wednesday night home date for Witches as Tigers look to show their teeth and take points off Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:14 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 15 May 2017

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins, positive views aheat of the Suffolk team's clash with Berwick at Foxhall on Thursday

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins, positive views aheat of the Suffolk team's clash with Berwick at Foxhall on Thursday

© Copyright Stephen Waller

The ‘Tru7.com’ Ipswich Witches welcome Sheffield Tigers to Foxhall on a rare Wednesday night home fixture in the Championship this week, (7.30pm).

The Witches have had two home fixtures to start the month of May, with two wins from two so far. A win on Wednesday will consolidate their position in the top four ahead of the return trip to Sheffield on Thursday.

The home side have a full complement of riders as they look to put their injury woes behind them and look ahead to the rest of the season.

The Tigers were one of the pre-season favourites alongside the Witches and have made a solid start to the campaign winning all four home meetings and the Yorkshire side picked up their first away win of the season on Sunday at Scunthorpe to put them in the top four.

Kyle Howarth has started the season in impressive form, winning the British semi-final at his home track earlier in the month and he is joined by a successful Witches guest from earlier this season, Josh Bates. Jack Parkinson-Blackburn is out with injury as Robert Shuttleworth guests at seven with rider replacement in operation at four for Lasse Bjerre who is riding in Denmark.

The sides met on the opening night at Foxhall in March with the Suffolk outfit running out 52-41 winners with Danny King recording a maximum from five rides on the night.

Team Manager Ritchie Hawkins says his team are looking to continue their good Foxhall form and send the Tigers home with nothing.

“We keep saying every week that it is going to be a tough meeting,” said Hawkins.

“We are going to have to be on our game but we are in brilliant form and we need to look at getting another three points.

“You have got to look to get a seven point victory and stop them getting a point but we’ve just got to win first and then see where we are at.”

Hawkins believes his team have started the season well and will only get stronger from this point on.

“It’s still early to tell where everyone is going to be at. Edinburgh and Glasgow have had good starts but so have we I think when you consider what has gone on. Anything can happen this year in this league.

“It’s a bonus to have seven riders again and we look a strong outfit and Nathan (Greaves) came in and did a really good job last Thursday. Hopefully we can now gel as a team and it is looking good. We have done well to be where we are at with everything that has happened. We’re in a good position and we should only get stronger.”

Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches:

1. Danny King (c) 8.44

2. Cameron Heeps 5.07

3. Justin Sedgmen 7.60

4. Kyle Newman 6.31

5. Rory Schlein 7.67

6. Connor Mountain 2.56

7. Nathan Greaves 2.27

Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

Sheffield ‘Window Centre’ Tigers

1. Josh Grajczonek 8.90

2. Todd Kurtz 5.76

3. Josh Bates 4.89

4. R/R for Lasse Bjerre 6.64

5. Kyle Howarth (c) 7.18

6. Robert Branford 4.60

7. Robert Shuttleworth (g) 2.00

Team Manager: Simon Stead

Championship Table

Team Pl Pts

Edinburgh 10 23

Glasgow 9 22

IPSWICH 10 20

Sheffield 7 16

Redcar 9 14

Peterborough 7 12

Workington 6 11

Newcastle 6 10

Scunthorpe 12 10

Berwick 10 1

Last five home results v Tigers:

25.03.17 W52-41

08.09.16 W59-34

23.04.16 W51-39

23.07.15 L43-47

17.07.14 D45-45

Sheffield’s last five:

CH Scunthorpe 40-50 Sheffield

CH Sheffield 54-38 Redcar

KOC Edinburgh 47-43 Sheffield

CH Sheffield 50-40 Peterborough

CH Sheffield 57-33 Ipswich

More than 14,000 people flocked to sunny Hadleigh on Saturday for the village’s 179th annual show.

Could you offer a home to one of these cats and dogs at the Blue Cross centre in Wherstead?

Highways England teams will be carrying out maintenance on trunk roads across the region over the next week.

The A140 was partially closed late on Saturday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident at the Stonham crossroads with the A1120.

Royal wedding fever has gripped the country - with a host of street parties popping up across East Anglia to celebrate the big day.

An air ambulance was called to the Suffolk Retail Park in Ipswich on Saturday afternoon after reports of a person being injured on site.

Suffolk police are looking for three men after a bookmaker’s shop was robbed in Pakefield near Lowestoft on Friday evening.

Now today’s ceremony is over, the tablecloth’s rolled up and the cake is back in the tin, it’s time for the ultimate question... Who did it better?

The artists set to take to the stage at Stowmarket’s biggest annual music festival have been announced.

Orwell Park School in ipswich has hosted a memorial to those who served in the Desert Rats - who were stationed at the school on the lead up to the D-Day landings.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24