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Furious Hawkins expects a response after debacle as Witches head to Scunthorpe

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 24 August 2018

Scott Nicholls leading Cameron Heeps (red helmet), Mark Riss (blue) and Simon Lambert in heat five at Foxhall on Thursday night.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Scott Nicholls leading Cameron Heeps (red helmet), Mark Riss (blue) and Simon Lambert in heat five at Foxhall on Thursday night. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

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Ipswich Witches team boss Ritchie Hawkins pulled no punches in his assessment of his team’s 41-49 defeat to Peterborough at Foxhall on Thursday in the Championship.

Ipswich Witches team boss Ritchie Hawkins pulled no punches in his assessment of his team’s 41-49 defeat to Peterborough at Foxhall on Thursday in the Championship.

Without Danny King and Rory Schlein going into the meeting and having suffered the withdrawal of guest Adam Ellis due to injury, the home side were up against it and were well beaten on the night by the league leaders.

Hawkins gave an honest analysis of his team’s performance saying the first half of the meeting was the worst Ipswich performance he has been involved in.

“We were missing our top two riders but that is certainly not an excuse to being beaten because Peterborough came here and wanted to win it more than us,” said Hawkins. “The first half of the meeting was the worst performance by an Ipswich team that I have ever been involved in. They beat us in all areas and I am not happy about it.”

The boss labelled the performance ‘awful’ and says it is too easy to blame the defeat on missing the injured King and Schlein with the Panthers missing key riders too.

“Peterborough were missing riders as well and it is the easy thing to say we were missing riders and I have to admit I don’t think that had anything to do with it. They beat us in all areas and we were not good enough. We will have to have a big result at Scunthorpe tonight and fight for the rest of the season to win meetings and perform because we owe that to everyone. I think we owe it to ourselves because quite frankly tonight was awful apart from the reserves.”

Hawkins was left upset by the performance and says he did not see the fight he demands from his team.

“Coty (Garcia) did really well and Drew (Kemp) did well on his home debut but we were not on it. At this time of year you need to be on it and firing. It is not March when you are getting your way into the season, the riders have no excuses, and they should be sharp. We were not as sharp as them at the tapes and we were not as determined as them into the first bend. It is upsetting to see because the main thing I want to see from my team is determination, fight and spirit. I saw a lot more of that from Peterborough.”

Meanwhile the Witches will be desperate to get a win at the Eddie Wright Raceway, Scunthorpe tonight to put right the wrongs of Thursday night and keep their outside play-off hopes alive with meetings home and away to Glasgow to come.

The Witches includes guests Scott Nicholls and Ty Proctor, while Scunthorpe are also injury hit. They are without Josh Auty and Jake Allen.

Tonight’s teams

Scunthorpe: 1. Steve Worrall 8.77 © 2. Stefan Nielsen 7.15 3. Jason Garrity 7.32 4. Mason Campton (g) 6.78 5. R/R for Josh Auty 8.17 6. Danny Phillips 2.00 7. Gino Manzares 4.21.

Ipswich: 1. Scott Nicholls (g) 9.32 2. Cameron Heeps 6.55 © 3. Nico Covatti 6.81 4. Mark Riss 5.16 5. Ty Proctor (g) 8.90 6. Coty Garcia 4.04 7. Drew Kemp 2.00

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