Doolan and Bandits come to Ipswich with victory in mind

Kalle Katajisto (yellow) hits the track after running into Kevin Doolan.

Kalle Katajisto (yellow) hits the track after running into Kevin Doolan. - Credit: Archant

Former Ipswich Witches captain Kevin Doolan returns to Foxhall with his Berwick Bandits side, promising tonight’s Travel Plus Tours KO Cup first round, second leg tie is far from over.

Berwick won the first leg two weeks ago, 47-43 in the Borders, and although the popular Doolan knows his side don’t have many points to defend, he is confident they will push the Witches all the way.

“We’ve had a rough start to the season, but things are starting to click,” said the 34-year-old Aussie, who now captains the Bandits.

“We had a big win over Newcastle at the weekend and we are a team who never gives up racing.

“Yes, we would have liked more than four points to defend but Ipswich rode well at our place and Ritchie Hawkins was in good form for them.

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“OK, we won’t be favourites tonight or to actually win the Premier League. But we are good enough to give any team a meeting and that’s what we will be looking to do at Foxhall.”

Doolan was captain of the Witches when the club took a foray into the Premier League back in 2011.

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He has enjoyed plenty of good meetings at Foxhall, as had Bandits No.1 and another former No.1 at Foxhall, Ben Barker.

Barker has had a quiet start to the season by his standards, but has started to clock up the points recently.

Add in the fact that both Claus Vissing and Thomas Jorgensen are capable around Foxhall and this knock-out cup clash is far from over.

The Witches have not been on track as a team since their bruising defeat at Newcastle 11 days ago, with Gino Manzares still waiting to make his return to the side after his shoulder injury.

The Witches travel west tomorrow night in the League Cup, knowing only victory at Plymouth will secure a League Cup semi-final place.

But tonight they must pull back four points to progress in the KO Cup. If they do, they can look forward to a local derby quarter-final clash with Rye House.


Witches: D King, G Manzares, N Covatti, R/R, R Tungate, S Nielsen, R Hawkins

Bandits: B Barker, H Stichauer, K Doolan, T Jorgensen, C Vissing, D Halsey, R Hall

Mike’s prediction: Witches 51 Bandits 39

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