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Ipswich Witches look for revenge against Sheffield Tigers in KO Cup semi-final

PUBLISHED: 13:52 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 11 October 2017

Connor Mountain will return for the Witches at Sheffield

Connor Mountain will return for the Witches at Sheffield

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The Ipswich Witches lock horns with Sheffield Tigers once again as they pair meet in the Knockout Cup semi-final first leg at Owlerton tomorrow (7.30pm).

The two sides recently contested the Championship Play-Off final as the Tigers came out on top over the two legs to lift the trophy at Foxhall.

But the Witches will be seeking revenge in the cup this week as they look to end the season on a high with a trophy for their efforts.

The Suffolk side welcome back Connor Mountain to the side after he missed the final with a shoulder injury. However, as has been the case all season, as one rider returns sadly one misses out.

Rory Schlein will miss both meetings this week following his crash at the Championship Pairs on Sunday where he suffered concussion and picked up a hand injury.

Former Witch Ben Barker will deputise at number five. Rider replacement remains in operation at two for the injured Justin Sedgmen.

The newly crowned champions are without number one Josh Grajczonek who aggravated an injury in the first leg of the Play-Off final at Owlerton a couple of weeks ago.

Witches legend Scott Nicholls guested for the Tigers in the second leg of the final at Foxhall and he steps in again for both legs of the semi-final this week.

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins says his side need to cut out the mistakes made in the play-offs if they want to progress to the Knockout Cup final.

“We have got to go with the same philosophy that we have had all year and we will go and try to perform to the best of our ability,” said Hawkins. “We need to cut out the mistakes we made in both legs of the final if we are going to make the cup final.

“I have confidence in the team that we can go and win the cup. We will go there looking to do the job and progress.

“The determination is there and this is our last opportunity to win something and this is our last goal this season.

“We spoke after the play-off final and everyone was determined to win the cup.”

- Children get in free at Foxhall on Friday night.

Sheffield Tigers:

1. Scott Nicholls (g) 9.47

2. Todd Kurtz 5.39

3. Lasse Bjerre 8.42

4. Josh Bates 6.65

5. Kyle Howarth (c) 8.62

6. Jan Graversen 5.10

7. Georgie Wood 2.68

Team Manager: Simon Stead

Ipswich Witches:

1. Danny King (c) 8.87

2. R/R for Justin Sedgmen 6.17

3. Cameron Heeps 6.93

4. Kyle Newman 6.10

5. Ben Barker (g) 8.58

6. Nathan Greaves 4.51

7. Connor Mountain 3.33

Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

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