Double blow for Ipswich Witches, defeat and Rohan Tungate banned for 21 days

Stefan Nielsen, in blue, badly missed by the Witches against Glasgow

Stefan Nielsen, in blue, badly missed by the Witches against Glasgow - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Witches 43 Glasgow Tigers 47

Ipswich ‘Sackers’ Witches were dealt a double blow on Thursday night as Glasgow Tigers grabbed all three points in a last-heat decider at Foxhall.

If losing the meeting wasn’t bad enough for the Witches, their fans and their play-off hopes, the news that Aussie star Rohan Tungate has been hit with a 21-day ban after his altercation with Josh Auty at Scunthorpe on Friday, was another big disappointment they could have done without.

Tungate’s ban starts today and he is set to miss at least four Premier League fixtures for the Witches, as well as the less important Fours Tournament at Peterborough.

Director of speedway Chris Louis was adamant he was making no comment on the ban until next week, but underneath you could sense he was seething.


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And if that wasn’t enough, he was probably seething even more after this poor show at home in front of a large Foxhall crowd.

Off to a flying start with a maximum in heat one, the Witches again couldn’t turn the screw and the fact Cameron Heeps and Gino Manzares scored 11 points between them, including three heat wins and four lasts, tell its own story.

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Without Stefan Nielsen, who was injured at King’s Lynn on Wednesday night, the Witches were outdone in the reserve department too as their season continues with one step forward, two back!

Full meeting report and 2-page picture special in Friday’s EADT and Ipswich Star papers.

If you can’t get a paper, go to www.eadt24.co.uk and enjoy the E-edition

1 King, Heeps, Sarjeant, Morris 57.0 5-1

2 Konopka, Morris, Ellis, Coles 59.2 7-5

3 Summers, Tungate, Sarjeant, Manzares 58.0 9-9

4 Covatti, Lawson, Ellis, Morris 58.8 12-12

5 Manzares, Morris, Tungate, Sarjeant (e/f) 58.6 16-14

6 Heeps, King, Lawson, Konopka (e/f) 58.5 21-15

7 Lawson, Summers, Covatti, Coles 58.6 22-20

8 Sarjeant, Ellis, Morris, Heeps 59.7 23-25

9 Tungate, Ellis, Lawson, Manzares, Konopka (ex/t) 58.9 26-28

10 King, Summers, Ellis, Heeps 58.6 29-31

11 Covatti, Sarjeant, Morris, Coles 59.2 32-34

12 Manzares, Summers, Morris, Konopka 59.2 36-36

13 Morris, Covatti, King, Lawson 58.4 39-39

14 Summers, Tungate, Morris, Ellis 58.9 42-42

15 Lawson, Summers, Tungate, King 58.6 43-47

Ipswich 0 pts Glasgow 3 pts

Ipswich: D King 9+2, C Heeps 5+1, G Manzares 6, R Tungate 9, N Covatti 9, C Coles 0, A Morris 5+1

Glasgow: N Morris 6+1, J Sarjeant 7, A Summers 14+2, R/R, R Lawson 10+1, R Konopka 3, A Ellis 7+3

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