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Ipswich Witches v Glasgow Tigers preview - a must win for Ipswich

12 September, 2018 - 10:27
Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins pictured.    PICTURE STEVE WALLER    www.stephenwaller.com

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins pictured. PICTURE STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

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The Ipswich Witches face the Glasgow Tigers tomorrow night at Foxhall in a Championship fixture (7.30pm), writes Henry Chard.

There was more weather frustration for the Suffolk side last week as their meeting with the Berwick Bandits was abandoned after six heats due to heavy rain. It was the third time this season the meeting has been postponed.

Tomorrow’s encounter is also a re-arranged meeting after last month’s clash was called off despite the best efforts of the track staff to ensure that the track was raceable.

The home side sit sixth in the table and have been left needing others to slip-up if they are to make the play-offs this season.

All the Witches can do for now is try and win their final two home meetings and see what happens elsewhere, starting with Glasgow.

Richard Lawson guests at number one for long term injury victim Danny King and Mason Campton guests at number five for the injured Rory Schlein who is unlikely to return this season.

It has been another difficult season of injuries for the club and although the play-offs seem unlikely the team will be fighting until the end to finish the season on a high.

Hawkins says

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins said: ““Making the play-offs is still mathematically possibly but it is highly unlikely. We have to be professional and win our last two home meetings. Last week was frustrating, we tried to get the meeting on and all credit to everyone for racing but it had to be called off because the rain was torrential.

“Glasgow are probably going to need an away win to make the top four, so it is a big meeting for them and they will be up for it. We don’t want to be losing any more meetings at home and if anything did happen and results went our way, we need to make sure that we have won our meetings and are ready to take advantage of it.”

The teams

Ipswich: 1) Richard Lawson (g) 8.83 2) Cameron Heeps 6.19 (captain) 3) Nico Covatti 6.66 4) Mark Riss 5.51 5) Mason Campton (g) 8.79 6) Coty Garcia 4.26 7) Drew Kemp 2.00.

Glasgow: 1) Craig Cook 9.96 2) James Sarjeant 4.21 3) Claus Vissing 7.49 4) Paul Starke 5.66 5) Chris Harris 8.15 (captain) 6) Jack Thomas 2.00 7) Broc Nicol (g) 4.20

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