Witches ready for crunch Belle Vue test

Ipswich Evening Star Witches travel to Manchester tonight for a crucial Elite League clash against the Belle Vue Aces.Boosted by a win over Coventry, at Foxhall on Thursday, Ipswich know that a win tonight will see them make up vital ground on the Aces at the foot of the league table.

Ipswich Evening Star Witches travel to Manchester tonight for a crucial Elite League clash against the Belle Vue Aces.

Boosted by a win over Coventry, at Foxhall on Thursday, Ipswich know that a win tonight will see them make up vital ground on the Aces at the foot of the league table.

It will be far from easy though, as the Kirkmanshulme Road venue has never been a happy hunting ground for the Witches in the past.

Ipswich won the corresponding 'A' fixture, at Foxhall, by for points, so a loss by fewer then three will bring with it the aggregate bonus point.


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However, with the two 'B' fixtures still scheduled to take place between the two clubs, if Ipswich are to stand any realistic chance of avoiding the wooden spoon, they must pick up some wins from these clashes with the Aces.

Australian Jason Crump leads the home side, who also include Joe Screen, who was recently dropped by Eastbourne. He was quick to be snapped up by the club where he started his Elite league career, as they shuffled their side in an effort to improve their ailing results.

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Swede Kim Jansson will be missing from the Witches team, after breaking his ring finger in a high speed crash at Foxhall on Thursday.

Ipswich will use a guest at number seven, with Simon Stead and Paul Thorpe, two possible choices.

Teams:

Belle Vue: J Screen, C Stonehewer, J Lyons, S Johnston, J Crump, N Collins, R Schlein.

Ipswich: J Hampel, F Eriksson, C Boyce, D Nermark, S Nicholls, L Lanham, plus guest

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