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Witches frustrated by rain

PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:52 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches' derby speedway clash with King's Lynn last night was called off due to a waterlogged track.

The Norfolk Arena withstood showers in the morning, but a heavy downpour mid-afternoon – with further showers forecast – led to a decision to call off the meeting being taken at 3.

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches' derby speedway clash with King's Lynn last night was called off due to a waterlogged track.

The Norfolk Arena withstood showers in the morning, but a heavy downpour mid-afternoon – with further showers forecast – led to a decision to call off the meeting being taken at 3.45pm.

No new date has yet been agreed. It is proving a frustrating week for John Louis' side, who had Monday's Sky Sports Elite League clash with Coventry abandoned after one heat.

Tomorrow the Witches are scheduled to be in action at Purfleet against Arena Essex in the British League Cup, with their next Elite League clash on Monday when they travel to Belle Vue, Manchester.

The return fixture is at Foxhall Stadium three days later, the first Thursday home match since April 10 when Ipswich won their only league match so far – against Wolverhampton.

These two matches will have a big bearing on the lower part of the table as the Aces have yet to win one match – from ten starts. Ipswich ride at Eastbourne in their first league B fixture of the season on Saturday week.

Witches skipper Scott Nicholls left his home last night to drive to Poland for Saturday's European Grand Prix. His form has been poor over the last week with no race wins at Oxford last Friday and while guesting for Peterborough at Coventry the following day.

And he did not have the best of afternoons in Poland for Wroclaw on Sunday. "I was not very good," he said.

After scoring seven points for Swedish club Smerdena on Tuesday, Nicholls said: "You cannot say that I best prepared for the first 2003 GP, but I am still confident I can do myself justice in Chorzow."

Wolverhampton's Peter Karlsson replaces the injured Andreas Jonsson on Saturday. Ryan Sullivan and Mark Loram face late fitness tests but both are expected to ride if only to pick up some points.


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