Ipswich Witches are looking for some away day cheer as they head north to Berwick this evening
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Ipswich Witches travel to Berwick Bandits tonight looking for their first Championship away victory of the season.
The two sides are familiar with each other having met home and away in the Knockout Cup earlier in the season and were due to meet on Thursday at Foxhall but the meeting was postponed due to bad weather shortly before the start.
The Witches will be without Nico Covatti for some period of time and rider replacement is used at number five while the management work out the best way forward. Danyon Hume will also be on the sidelines for a lengthy period after breaking his arm and Sheffield’s Jack Parkinson-Blackburn guests at number seven. Cameron Heeps switches to the number two position as manager Ritchie Hawkins decides to change the riding order for Saturday’s clash.
Berwick have made three early teams changes to their side after a torrid start to the season that has seen them fail to pick up any points from six league meetings so far. It will be the first time the new look side take to their home track as Nick Morris, Jye Etheridge and Lee Payne make their home debuts.
In the Knockout Cup tie at Berwick earlier in the season the home side ran out 49-41 winners as the Witches progressed on aggregate with ease.
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And although depleted by injuries, Hawkins says the team will continue to battle hard for points at Berwick.
“We are going there missing two riders but we have got to start picking up points away from home and we’ll be looking to do that on Saturday,” he said.
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“Things are not going our way but we will keep on battling and we won’t be giving up or feeling sorry for ourselves.”
Hawkins added that despite the changes in the Bandits team, he is focused on his own team heading into today’s meeting.
“They’ve not had a good start to the year and have made changes. Nick Morris is in good form and I’m sure he will do very well but it’s not really my business what they do with their side,” Hawkins said.
Berwick: N Morris, J Etheridge, K Doolan, L Carr, L Bridger, D Gappmaier, L Payne.
Ipswich: D King, C Heeps, R Schlein, K Newman, R/R, C Mountain, J Parkinson-Blackburn