Ipswich Witches face a huge week ahead, admits skipper Danny King

Danny King, right, and Rory Schlein, face a big week of action for Ipswich Witches. Photo: SARAH LUC

Danny King, right, and Rory Schlein, face a big week of action for Ipswich Witches. Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Witches’ ‘band of brothers’ face the most important eight days of their season so far.

So says skipper Danny King, with the Foxhall side, currently sitting in second place in the Championship table entertaining third-placed Edinburgh tonight at Foxhall Stadium (7.30pm), before Ipswich travel to league leaders Glasgow on Sunday – Glasgow are the visitors to Foxhall next Thursday.

It’s an explosive week of action for the Suffolk side who have the chance to cement their place in the play-off positions should they achieve a good set of results.

“Oh yes, it’s a tough week,” King said.

“We must win our two home meetings first and if we can pick something up at Glasgow that would be good. They are a team who don’t get turned over at home very often. But we must believe we can do it.

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“We’ve been to every track now this season, so we know what to expect.”

The Witches are enjoying a purple patch of home form right now and are unbeaten so far this season, with 12 league wins and one KO Cup victory.

King puts team spirit down to much of what is happening at the Suffolk track.

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“Obviously we had a few injuries at the start of the season, but the boys who have come in have been as good as the ones we have lost, especially when it comes to the spirit in the side,” he said.

“We are like a band of brothers, a bunch of mates racing together. It is great to have that and I must admit this is one of the best teams I have ever ridden in for that team spirit.

“Ritchie Hawkins and Chris Louis are a great management duo, we know what they expect and so long as we are doing it, they are happy. But we have to keep going, keep pushing.”

Certainly, tonight’s clash against the Monarchs will not be easy for the home side.

Led by Aussie World Cup star Sam Masters and American Ricky Wells, two riders who enjoy racing at Foxhall, the Scottish giants will expect to push the Witches close.

Ipswich and Edinburgh, along with Sheffield and Glasgow are pulling away somewhat in the Championship title race, but the likes of Peterborough and Workington (who have meetings in hand), cannot be ruled out yet.

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