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Freddie ready to make Witches debut

PUBLISHED: 20:00 09 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2010

FREDDIE Eriksson will make his Ipswich Evening Star Witches debut in the home Sky Sports Elite League meeting against Peterborough on Thursday.

This is after the management committee of the British Speedway Promoters' Association finally agreed on Friday to enforce the Swede's loan signing from Oxford promoter Nigel Wagstaff.

FREDDIE Eriksson will make his Ipswich Evening Star Witches debut in the home Sky Sports Elite League meeting against Peterborough on Thursday.

This is after the management committee of the British Speedway Promoters' Association finally agreed on Friday to enforce the Swede's loan signing from Oxford promoter Nigel Wagstaff.

Originally, the BSPA said they could not endorse the move with Wagstaff having personal issues with the rider.

Now Eriksson will have the task of helping make the second half of the season much brighter for the Witches and their fans.

Eriksson would not have been registered in time to ride in the basement league fixture at Belle Vue tonight, a meeting that was called off yesterday after a weekend stock car meeting at the Aces stadium.

Belle Vue promoter John Perrin said that a formula one stock car meeting led to stadium owners, the Greyhound Racing Association, calling a halt.

The threat of a low attendance because of a live televised match between Eastbourne and Coventry and a possibility that heat leader Jason Lyons might be missing will have eased Belle Vue's concerns over the call-off.

A fax from the BSPA at Friday lunchtime confirmed that Ipswich can start using Eriksson, who comes into the side with a 5.52 average.

He is likely to start at reserve with Daniel Nermark the rider set to move down to reserve. Tom P Madsen looks the most vulnerable rider to make way for Eriksson.

The new Swedish loan signing might not be able to lift the ailing Witches on his own, but the presence of a fresh face should raise spirits and hopefully – for Witches fans – herald a brighter dawn.

"I spoke to Nigel Wagstaff on Saturday and he said he would be completing the paperwork as soon as possible," said Witches promoter John Louis.

"Hopefully, I will be able to register a new one-to-seven later today. It is too early to disclose which rider will make way."

Louis did not know of the Belle Vue postponement until last night, and he was unable to stop Chris Slabon flying in from Belgium where he qualified for the next stage of the world championship.

Leigh Lanham, who was due to ride at number six tonight, failed to qualify from the same meeting.

Ipswich would have been without Jarek Hampel, who is riding in a world under-21 semi-final in Abensberg, Germany today.

The Pole recovered from two opening third places to score 11 points and qualify from his Lodz round of the Polish senior championship.

Lyons needed ten stitches in a groin injury following a crash in Sweden last Tuesday and if unfit the Aces would have used the rider replacement facility for the Australian.

With Josh Larsen having gone home to the United States, the Aces have been told they can use two of their 'floaters' at the same time.

Consequently, both Carl Stonehewer and Craig Watson were named in their side.

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