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Witches all at sea against Pirates

PUBLISHED: 20:00 05 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:57 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches were no match for the Poole Pirates down on the south coast last night.

They could offer little resistance to a home side bolstered by no less than four Grand Prix riders.

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches were no match for the Poole Pirates down on the south coast last night.

They could offer little resistance to a home side bolstered by no less than four Grand Prix riders.

When you also include impressive Poles, David Ruud and Kryzsztof Kasprzak, who scored 17 points between them, it's hardly surprising the Witches struggled.

With only British champion Scott Nicholls reaching double figures, it was a disappointing night for the side who have been thwarted in their attempts to bring in a replacement to bolster their ranks.

Daniel Nermark offered Nicholls good support, in one of his best meetings to date, while Jarek Hampel started well, but faded badly.

The remaining riders scored just five points between them although there was no lack of effort and the reserves in particular looked worthy of more.

Most disappointing was guest Adam Shields, who was unbeaten by a Witch on his way to a paid 21-point maximum at Foxhall last week, but failed to break his duck at Wimborne Road.

Twice his efforts resulted in him picking himself up off the floor, after falls and then in his final ride he trailed in at the back.

Lee Adams got the Pirates off to a flying start with a tapes to flag victory in the opening heat, before Kasprzak raced to victory in the reserves.

But it saw Andre Compton go past Danny Bird on the third lap but then suffer an engine failure in a share of the spoils.

Heat three saw the Pirates go six up in a race which was restarted when Shields was barged out of the way by Bjarne Pedersen on the first corner.

In the restart Pedersen made a start and was chased by Shields who overcooked it on the third lap and spun round.

World champion Tony Rickardsson won heat four with the Witches filling the minor places before Lukas Dryml won heat five.

Pedersen went round Slabon at the end of the first lap, but was then reclassed by the Pole.

Ruud held off Nicholls to win the sixth and with Adams finishing third the Pirates had extended their lead.

Rickardsson made the start in the seventh but nearly hit the fence on the first corner when he lifted.

This allowed both Ipswich riders to race past, but almost immediately Shields hit the same patch of grit and reared up before spinning off again.

Rickardsson immediately signalled for the track to be re-graded and in the re-run raced to victory from Nermark as the Pirates opened up a ten-point lead.

Hampel came out as a tactical substitute, in heat eight, and duly won, but with Slabon going wide on the first bend no advantage was gained.

Bird was passed by both Pirates in the next in another share of the spoils before Ruud won the tenth from Nermark.

In the first race after the interval, Nicholls was brought in as tactical

subsitute, but there was no stopping Rickardsson.

Dryml won heat 12 from tactical

substitute Nermark, but there was plenty of action behind with Bird and Kasprzak involved in a battle.

The Ipswich rider was leading for three laps before the Pole burst inside, although Bird immediately cut back on the second bend and ran the Pole hard into the third corner, although he couldn't quite hang on to his advantage as they raced the line.

Nicholls became the first rider to defeat Rickardsson in the 13th, but with Adams winning the race the Witches fell further behind.

In the penultimate heat, Nermark lifted on his way to the first corner, which saw him take Pedersen high and wide, in the best race of the night.

As Nermark gave chase to leader Kasprzak, Pedersen came back to pass Madsen, who was reluctant to give up his place.

Dryml then used four laps to overhaul Nicholls in the final race, just sweeping around the outside on the final bend to pip him to the line and join his team mate Rickardsson for a big 5-1.

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