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Madga: I'm sorry for humiliating loss

PUBLISHED: 20:00 13 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:00 03 March 2010

EMBARRASSED Ipswich Witches chief Magda Louis today told the fans: I'm sorry.

The crisis-torn Witches crashed to a humiliating 57-33 home defeat at the hands of Peterborough Panthers last night.

EMBARRASSED Ipswich Witches chief Magda Louis today told the fans: I'm sorry.

The crisis-torn Witches crashed to a humiliating 57-33 home defeat at the hands of Peterborough Panthers last night.

Mrs Louis didn't pull any punches as she blasted the team – stranded in the Elite League basement after an appalling start to the season.

She immediately promised further changes to the Witches line-up in an effort to stop the rot.

And the Witches director apologised to supporters who have seen struggling Ipswich win just four times in 20 league and cup meetings so far this season.

"I am disgusted, shocked and embarrassed. This is the darkest hour for Ipswich speedway," said Mrs Louis.

"There will be further changes in the team by the time we ride our next match – certainly one, if not two. We cannot go on like this. I don't expect our public to watch our riders stand still at the starting gate."

"I can understand that you can lose a speedway match, someone has to every time," she added.

"But I can't understand a side of mine being disgraced like this. I apologise to supporters on behalf of the riders.

"Our fans come to see the team race and put on a show. We had a good attendance tonight and our spectators were all let down.

"We must ensure that we never suffer a defeat of this nature again at Foxhall Stadium."

Foxhall crowds have remained steady despite the team's miserable form and a string of injuries – Daniel Nermark the latest absentee after suffering concussion riding in Sweden this week.

New signing Freddie Eriksson scored just two points on his debut against the third-placed Panthers.

And Mrs Louis is determined to strengthen the line-up ahead of Monday's home meeting with Eastbourne.

Witches promoter John Louis could not recall a bigger home defeat at Foxhall. "And I can't recall a more lacklustre showing by an Ipswich team," he said.

"The one consolation is that Daniel Nermark would have made a difference at reserve.

"We failed to sign riders who could have scored well instantly like Greg Hancock and Tomasz Gollob, while Freddie Eriksson will take time to find his feet.

"He has a good man in his corner in Richard Hellsen, who will advise well on both machinery and riding issues."

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