Dakota North hoping to put one over former team-mates

DAKOTA North is hoping for a quick-fire double over his former side Somerset, as Ipswich Witches get the serious business of their season underway tomorrow night at Foxhall.

DAKOTA North is hoping for a quick-fire double over his former side Somerset, as Ipswich Witches get the serious business of their season underway tomorrow night at Foxhall.

North made a dream start to his time with the Rebels last season, piling up all sorts of high-figure scores – including a paid 21-point maximum at Ipswich.

But injuries slowed his season down before his winter transfer to Suffolk.

“It will be a tough couple of meetings,” he said, (the Witches travel to Somerset on Friday night).


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“But if we can get a good result at Foxhall, then I really think we can go there and get a result, because the Somerset track is pretty easy to ride.

“They’ve got a strong top end, but are not so strong at reserve and we must make the most of that.”

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North has got off to a decent start this season, with good points scores. He is sharing a house in Ipswich with Rohan Tungate and Morten Risager, but doesn’t get that excited by the recent warm weather.

“This isn’t warm mate, it’s freezing,” he laughs.

“In Oz it was 30+ all the time.”

Tomorrow night’s teams both show changes for the League Cup clash, with Leigh Lanham making his return to the Witches – Kevin Doolan moves to No.3, with Lanham at No.1 – while Somerset are without Jason Doyle, who hasn’t had clearance to ride as yet, Robin Aspergren replaces him.

Ipswich 1. Leigh Lanham (7.53), 2. R/R, 3. Kevin Doolan (C) 7.19, 4. Dakota North 5.83, 5. Mathieu Tresarrieu 6.87, 6. Cameron Heeps 3.00, 7. Rohan Tungate 5.00

Somerset : 1. Sam Masters (C) 7.52, 2. Alex Davies 4.93, 3. Robin Aspegren 5.73, 4. James Wright 7.19, 5. Claus Vissing 7.23, 6. Kyle Newman 4.42, 7. Tom Perry 3.00

IN today’s Ipswich Star, the Kevin Doolan column

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