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Mike Bacon

Archant Sports reporter

Ipswich Witches held their 2018 press launch today. MIKE BACON went along to find out the mood in the camp after an exciting 2017 season

With the motocross season getting into full swing, the Woodbridge and DMCC are preparing for an exciting and action-packed year ahead at their Blaxhall venue, writes Rick Blyth.

Manager Richard Wilkins says his Needham Market side will have to produce an improved performance if they are to beat Bury Town when the two clubs clash in the semi-final of this season’s Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup.

TIM HENMAN was in Suffolk this week – coaching stars of the future at Culford School. MIKE BACON went along to talk to the former British No.1

Bury Town manager Ben Chenery says the opportunity to potentially play at Portman Road is a ‘huge carrot’ for his players.

County champions Essex and women’s One-Day Cup winners Lancashire capped off a memorable year this week when they were presented with their respective trophies by Lord’s Taverners President Sir Michael Parkinson at Lord’s.

Mildenhall speedway is ready for action as the 2018 season draws ever closer, and have made a number of subtle changes to the format of their popular opening meeting, the ‘Fen Fours’ (Monday 2nd April at 3pm).

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Prospects look good for the East Anglian Point-To-Point season to get back under way after a five-week hiatus with the running of the seven-race Suffolk fixture at Ampton, near Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday, writes James Crispe.

Former England Under-19 captain Adam Ball has signed to play Minor Counties cricket for Suffolk during the 2018 season.

Paul Musgrove says he hopes to include two new signings in Stowmarket Town’s squad for the trip to Haverhill Rovers today (3pm), writes Alex Moss.

The Old Gold and Blacks are set to return to action after a two-week break this afternoon with a trip to the New Croft, and assistant manager Musgrove could hand debuts to Stow’s two new recruits as he takes charge in the absence of boss Rick Andrews, who is away on holiday.

Ahead of last week’s Thurlow Nunn League transfer deadline, Stow completed the signings of midfielder Payton Swatman, from Wroxham, and King’s Lynn Town winger Harry Whayman on loan until the end of the season.

The duo could both make their first appearances for the Old Gold and Blacks this weekend, as Musgrove looks to continue his perfect record when standing in for the absent Andrews.

“Our two new signings are available, so we’ve got a few decisions to make before the weekend,” Musgrove said.

“We know we’re in for a tough game at Haverhill Rovers. I know their manager, Marc Abbott, a little bit and their playing style as well.

“For us we want to get another long run going, but we’ll take each game as it comes.

“We won’t be looking too much at the teams around us, we’ll just keep plugging away.

“It will be good to get back out there on Saturday and hopefully we can put in a good performance, get the win and keep my 100 per cent record too!”

With just 13 games left of their season to play, Stow currently sit third in the Premier Division table, one spot below the promotion spots.

Andrews’ men know they cannot afford any more slip ups if they are to launch a late push for the top two, as leaders Felixstowe & Walton United and Coggeshall Town, in second place, look to maintain their points advantage over the Old Gold and Blacks.

Stow could be boosted for today’s trip to the New Croft by the return of midfielder Jack Baker, who has not featured since October due to injuries.

AFC Sudbury’s fine run of form came to an abrupt end at Bowers & Pitsea two weeks ago, before the ‘Beast from the East’ struck.

Fetcham Grove is the venue tomorrow afternoon as Leiston head to Leatherhead FC to take on 14th-placed Kingstonian, writes Craig Cooper.

In this week’s column, Nino Severino talks of his concern over child obesity in this country and how, through the programme he and Elena Baltacha developed, he knows things can change

Newly-crowned champion Billy Bird is not ruling out the prospect of an immediate rematch with Matt McCarthy for the Southern Area super welterweight title, writes Alex Moss.

Ipswich Witches skipper Danny King admits the new fixture list – for him personally – is ‘brilliant’ this season, writes Henry Chard.

Ipswich Witches team boss Ritchie Hawkins has said 2018 is a year in which talented Aussie Cameron Heeps needs to push on.

Needham Market manager Richard Wilkins is hoping the manager-of-the-month ‘curse’ doesn’t strike his club.

Lowestoft Town Football Club have issued a statement admitting the club is running out of money and the situation is ‘near critical’.

Fuller Flavour: Ipswich fan Karl Fuller asks why Premier League games all took place – while Town fans have few Saturdays left for their footie fix at Portman Road.

Suffolk’s Under-18 girls’ team travelled to Bromley Tennis Centre for 18u County Cup.

With the Revel Outdoors Winter Series only just completed, mountain bikers were straight back in action for the first round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears “summer” league at Hadleigh Park, writes Fergus Muir.

No doubt where the main event would have been this weekend in the Thurlow Nunn League - leaders Felixstowe & Walton were set to host second in the table Coggeshall Town – but that was called off this lunchtime, along with all games in the Thurlow Nunn League – and the Suffolk & Ipswich League, writes Phil Griffths.

Stuart Watson, EADT chief football writer, caught up with BRENNER WOOLLEY, to speak to him about his journey to the microphone at Portman Road in a feature first produced in Kings of Anglia

Tony Garnett takes a look at the local golf scene, including the recent Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting at Diss

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