Audio: King insists Ipswich Witches have plenty of lessons to learn
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Danny King believes last night’s home defeat has given Ipswich Witches plenty to learn from, as they bid to bounce back from their opening night loss to Scunthorpe.
King scored 14 as the Foxhall side lost 48-41 to the Scorpions on opening night, with both James Sarjeant and Paco Castagna failing to score on their Witches debuts.
Despite his teammates’ struggles, on a night where Scunthorpe were superior out the gate, skipper King believes there are positives to take and that the club’s new riders have plenty to learn from.
“It was tough, they are a very tough team and the way they have their team at the minute makes them very strong, but that will change a little when the new averages come out,” he said.
“They’ve tried to get off to a good start by running Nicolai (Klindt) at two, so they have a very strong one and two, so credit to them it paid off and we weren’t at the races.
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“A few of the boys struggled, there’s no excuses for it, it’s disappointing, but hopefully the boys have learnt from it and we can push on now.
“Everyone (had trouble making starts) and I don’t know why. They looked the same as in practice so I’m not sure why, but we’ll go back to the drawing board and look at that.
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“No excuses though, they were the better team.
“A lot of the boys haven’t really ridden here before and it’s the first time some of them have been to the tapes this year
“We can’t get our heads down already, we have to learn from it and take the positives we can.”
While King led the Witches’ scoring charts, he still wasn’t overly happy with his set-ups before getting things right in the final race of the night.
“I know I scored well but I wasn’t happy with the way the bike was going.
“I was more happy in heat 15 because we finally got the bike working how I wanted, so hopefully we’ve found something now and we’ll push on.”
Next up for the Witches is a return clash with Scunthorpe on Sunday afternoon, with King confident his side can got to the Eddie Wright Raceway and get revenge.
“We can definitely go there and turn them over,” he said.
“I think the league’s so close this year, even more so than before, so I think we’re going to a see a lot of this. Teams losing at home and winning away.”