Witches hoping for silverware in Dorset

SPEEDWAYPoole v Ipswich (Challenge)Second part of a double headerTonight, Wimborne Road, 7pm.By Mike BaconIPSWICH Witches' final team meeting of the season takes place at Poole tonight, as part of a double header evening of action.

Witches' chance to

end season in style


Poole v Ipswich (Challenge)

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Second part of a double header

Tonight, Wimborne Road, 7pm.

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By Mike Bacon

IPSWICH Witches' final team meeting of the season takes place at Poole tonight, as part of a double header evening of action.

It's the second leg of the Coastal Windows Cup and although with little bearing on the season as a whole, the Witches will want to end what has been a good last few weeks of the year in style.

Just two defeats in their last six team meetings, four of them on the road, has bred plenty of confidence through the Witches side.

After building up a 19-point lead over Poole at Foxhall Stadium last Thursday, in a 56-37 victory, they will be hoping to at least hold onto that advantage and perhaps pull off a second consecutive away victory, after a win at Belle Vue recently.

However Ipswich will be second on track in Dorset tonight, with Eastbourne up first in another challenge meeting, and for any Witches fans travelling to the south coast, it will be a bumper night of action.

Witches team boss Pete Simmons will miss the trip, having had an operation on a fractured elbow, sustained in a charity football match recently.

But he hopes his side can keep up their good form.

“We have finished the season well and if the turning point of the year had come perhaps a month or so earlier, we could have been looking at a different season altogether,” he said.

“But we finished well away from the bottom and in a half-respectable position.

“At Poole we want to win this challenge meeting. It would be a nice way to round the season off.”

Poole hope to have Davey Watt in their side tonight, in place of Joe Screen. Ironically Ipswich's Troy Batchelor stepped in for Screen at Eastbourne on Saturday, and duly top-scored for the Pirates in a 43-47 last-heat defeat.

Tonight's teams

Poole: H Andersen, S Boxall, M Kus, D Watt, M Zetterstrom, A Mrozcka, D Lampart.

Ipswich: S Nicholls, M Tressarieu, T Batchelor, D King, R Miskowiak, C Wilkinson, D Stachyra


Mike Bacon's blog and webchat can both be found on www.lovespeedway24.co.uk


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