Witches set to do Panthers no favours

IPSWICH Witches return to full-strength tonight, as Peterborough Panthers visit Foxhall.

The Panthers are chasing a top-four play-off place and will want to take something home from Suffolk, but the Witches were in good form last week against Swindon and, with Robert Miskowiak returning to the fold, will look to make life uncomfortable for the visitors from Cambridgeshire.

“From our point of view, it’s a local derby and we aren’t in any position to want to do Peterborough any favours,” admitted Witches director Chris Louis.

“OK, so they may well stay in the top four where they are now, but they will be looking for at least a point and we need all three.”

The Witches certainly do need all three, with a relegation play-off clash looking evermore likely.

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Edinburgh are currently racing away with the Premier League title and their track is not likely to be one many of the current Witches riders no much about.

However, the title is still decided by play-offs in the Premier League, as in the Elite League, so other clubs, like Rye House and Birmingham, could come into the equation.

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“It’s pointless hiding away from the fact it looks as though we will face a relegation play-off clash,” added Louis.

“We would really rather not go to Edinburgh, or any other Premier League track for a play-off, but what can we do about it? Our form hasn’t been good enough.”

Tonight the Panthers have a strong looking line-up, including Kenneth Bjerre, Niels-Kirstian Iversen, Rory Schlein and Troy Batchelor.

But it is at reserve the home side will hope to flourish, with Linus Sundstrom back in the team.

Tonight’s teams

Ipswich: S Nicholls, C Slabon, D King, A Dryml, R Miskowiak, D Stachyra, L Sundstrom

Peterborough: K Bjerre, K Buczkowski, R Schlein, NK Iversen, T Batchelor, M Tresarrieu, N Kosciuch

HOLDERS Poole will be represented by Chris Holder and Bjarne Pedersen at the Elite League Pairs Championship, at Foxhall, on Saturday, September 4.

The Pirates won the title at Eastbourne on a memorable night last season but this year’s event will take place on the newly-shaped Ipswich track.

Home hopes rest on the shoulders of Scott Nicholls and Danny King in a star-studded field which is sure to pull in a bumper crowd on a big weekend for the sport.

Hans Andersen, who won the event as a Poole rider last August, will partner Peter Karlsson in a powerful Belle Vue pairing.

POOLE: Chris Holder, Bjarne Pedersen. PETERBOROUGH: Kenneth Bjerre, Niels Kristian Iversen. BELLE VUE: Hans Andersen, Peter Karlsson. EASTBOURNE: Ricky Kling, Cameron Woodward. WOLVERHAMPTON: Freddie Lindgren, Tai Woffinden. LAKESIDE: Adam Shields, Jonas Davidsson. COVENTRY: Krzystof Kasprzak, Chris Harris. SWINDON: Leigh Adams, Simon Stead. IPSWICH: Scott Nicholls, Danny King.

A couple of additions to the Witches fixture list have been announced.

The rained off Elite League ‘B’ fixture against Poole has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 16, while an American team will be in action at Foxhall on Thursday, October 14.

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