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5 things we learned about table-topping Ipswich Witches' win over Wolves at Foxhall

PUBLISHED: 23:15 20 May 2019 | UPDATED: 00:10 21 May 2019

Witches guest Josh Bates takes a tumble in heat eight against Wolves.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Witches guest Josh Bates takes a tumble in heat eight against Wolves. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

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MIKE BACON takes a look at how Ipswich Witches beat Wolves and what's going so right at Foxhall.

Danny King takes the chequered flag.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.comDanny King takes the chequered flag. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

TABLE-TOPPING WITCHES

To take a look at the Premiership table and see Ipswich Witches top of the pile is a wonderful sight for fans of the club.

New into the sport's top league this season and not many people's favourites pre-season to upset the 'big guns' of Wolves, Belle Vue, Poole and Swindon, the Witches are turning a few heads right now.

No-one of course is getting carried away at Foxhall, but the Witches have now ridden every team in the league and beaten them all! FACT!

Who knows where this season will end up?

But one thing is for sure, Witches fans are already enjoying the ride.

A fallen David Bellego is collected by Kyle Howarth in heat three of the Witches/Wolves clash.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.comA fallen David Bellego is collected by Kyle Howarth in heat three of the Witches/Wolves clash. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

TV STARS

It's been a very long time since Ipswich Witches graced our TV sets.

But against Wolves the famous 'Witch' was back on national viewing on BT Sport and the team didn't let the club down.

Being on television doesn't happen to many sports clubs, no matter what the sport.

The Witches showed they are a proud club, the stadium looked fantastic.

Many of us would say the Witches are back on their proper stage after years in the Championship.

CAMERON HEEPS

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Ipswich would have lost against the Wolves without Heeps' continued good form.

He is a brave rider but is starting to cut out the silly mistakes that cost him points over the years. He's more reliable, more mature.

If he does move up into the main body of the team from his current reserve position, he has little to fear. He has beaten the best already from the reserve position.

Richard Lawson and Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins converse in the pits during the Ipswich v Wolverhampton meeting.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.comRichard Lawson and Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins converse in the pits during the Ipswich v Wolverhampton meeting. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

BOMBER COMES GOOD

It's been a tough start to the season for Chris Harris.

A nasty scaphoid injury collected at Eastbourne a month ago by the Ipswich No.1 hasn't helped. His points scoring hasn't been how he would have wanted. But cometh the hour, cometh the man.

Heat 13 was massive against Wolves with the Witches just two ahead and Harris and the excellent Krystian Pieszczek up against Sam Masters and Rory Schlein.

Harris had only scored one point from his first three rides... But he rose to the occasion, alongside Pieszczek.

And while many around the stadium may have thought team boss Ritchie Hawkins should have taken Harris out of heat 13, you don't do that to your No.1 unless something is very wrong.

Hawkins and Harris were proved correct.

UP NEXT

The Witches have a couple off weeks off now and can watch others try and catch them up at the top of the table.

Incredibly, having not been on TV for seven years, their next fixture is again on BT Sport, as they travel to Belle Vue in a Premiership clash on Monday, June 3

Then three nights later it's Peterborough at Foxhall on Thursday, June 6.

For now, the Witches can re-group, look at the table and enjoy.

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