Danger-man Dyer is the one to watch

Watch out for Micky Dyer.

That’s the message from Ipswich Witches star Morten Risager as the Suffolk team do battle with league leaders Redcar Bears at Foxhall Stadium tonight in a crucial Premier League encounter.

In the biggest home meeting of the season so far, the Witches will look to repel a confident Redcar side who started the season well and have not let up.

Much of that is down the superb form of young Australian Dyer, pictured above.

He started the season at reserve, but was hitting in double figure scores on a regular basis. Now in the full body of the team, his scoring hasn’t stopped and his influence has had a huge impact on the Bears’ season.

“Micky Dyer is having a great season,” said Risager.

“And he is a real danger-man. We must be on our guard against him.

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“Redcar are a strong team throughout, but we can win and if we beat Workington on Thursday as well, we are in good shape for the play-offs.”

However Risager also knows the Witches have not as yet hit top form. Indeed he feels there is still much to come from the Foxhall side.

“We are having a good season, but we haven’t peaked yet,” he added. “It’s a young team and we are only going to get better. If we can peak in about a month’s time, that would be perfect.”

Redcar have kept up their Premier League campaign with a string of close encounters, including two home draws from their last three home meetings.

Apart from Dyer, they include the experienced Ulrich Ostergaard and Aaron Summers, who notched a 15-point maximum at Plymouth last week in a comfortable win on the road for Redcar.

The Witches can afford no complacency if they wish to keep up their Premier League title challenge.

Kids go free with a paying adult tonight and there will be a fans’ forum at the stadium with the riders afterwards.

n FORMER Ipswich Witches flag marshall Paul Johnson has died in Australia.

The flamboyant flag-waving Johnson was born in Preston, but moved to Australia before returning to England after Witches former promoter John Berry saw him in ‘action’ at Claremont Stadium, in Perth and persuaded him to join the Witches management team as Marketing Manager.

Johnson’s trademark jumping and waving of the chequered flag as the riders roared past him was a sight to behold.

He is survived by wife Edna and daughters Kim and Penny.

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