Hawkins knows Ipswich Witches need a win in League Cup clash with Sheffield

Ritchie Hawkins, right, with Lewis Kerr, who is riding for Lakeside tomorrow night. Richie Worrall r

Ritchie Hawkins, right, with Lewis Kerr, who is riding for Lakeside tomorrow night. Richie Worrall rides in his place - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ritchie Hawkins knows his side need a win against Sheffield tomorrow night as they bid to make the next stage of the League Cup, but the Witches boss is keen to avoid piling pressure on his side.

The Foxhall side lost their season opener to Scunthorpe at the heath, before the return match was drawn on March 20, ahead of tomorrow night’s contest with a Tigers side tipped for honours in 2016.

Morten Risager returns after breaking a bone in his foot, while Richie Worrall guests for the absent Lewis Kerr and James Sarjeant misses out through illness, with Hawkins well aware of the importance of tomorrow’s meeting.

“If we want to progress from the group then we’ve got to win on Saturday,” said Hawkins.

“Looking at the season as a whole though, we are just looking for a big improvement from our last home meeting with Scunthorpe. It’s not been ideal having such a big break between meetings for us but it will be good to have Morten back in the team.


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“We are missing Lewi though, which is a shame as he is just starting to get going as well. It’s a loss to be without him but hopefully others can step up on the night.”

“They’ve got a good side on paper and they’ve got one of my favourite riders in their team in Jason Garrity. They’ve got Steady (Simon Stead) there too and they’re an exciting team to watch and its going to be another tough match for us.”

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