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Magda vows to lift Witches

PUBLISHED: 20:00 21 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:46 03 March 2010

DESPITE her husband John being in hospital, Ipswich Evening Star Witches director Magda Louis says she will address the problem after the speedway team's frailties were highlighted by home and away league defeats against Peterborough on Good Friday.

DESPITE her husband John being in hospital, Ipswich Evening Star Witches director Magda Louis says she will address the problem after the speedway team's frailties were highlighted by home and away league defeats against Peterborough on Good Friday.

If performances do not improve it is obvious that the Suffolk side is going to struggle to make an impact.

And if attendances slip at Foxhall Stadium then a bigger financial loss than last year could be suffered.

And that might threaten the future well-being of the club.

"Apart from Chris Slabon every rider has scored less than his average," said Mrs Louis, who spent much of the Easter weekend with her husband John who is in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with a fractured skull, cracked shoulder and broken scaphoid.

"We are under-performing. I am not concerned about our defeat at Peterborough as they have a big home advantage at the East of England showground.

"We should not have been beaten at home. I will address the problem. Having said that, with Jarek Hampel in the side and scoring 11 or 12 points we would have won at Foxhall last Friday."

Without rolling averages, Ipswich's combined average would be around 36 points and enough to switch a reserve with a rider like Greg Hancock.

Now their hands are tied and unless they find a five or six point rider capable of coming up with the goods they stand the chance of joining Belle Vue in being the Elite League whipping boys.

This is unless the current incumbents hit their best form.

Ipswich ride in a televised meeting at Oxford on Wednesday and at Wolverhampton next Monday. They have no home meeting this Thursday.

Jarek Hampel was due to ride in Poland today and if he comes through with no ill-effects on his broken collar bone he will return at Oxford.

Danny Bird will ride at number six with Paul Hurry staying at number one in the riding order. Steve Johnston has been approached about replacing Hampel if the Pole is unfit.


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