Ipswich Witches look to tame Glasgow Tigers at Foxhall Stadium

Gino Manzares is animated as he chats with teammate Danny King during the Ipswich v Redcar (Premier

Gino Manzares is animated as he chats with teammate Danny King during the Ipswich v Redcar (Premier League) meeting at Foxhall Stadium. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich ‘Sackers’ Witches will look to cement their play-off place in the Premier League with victory over Glasgow Tigers at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday night.

The Scottish side are in good form themselves and in Nick Morris, Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers have one of the strongest heat leader trios in the country.

The Witches’ home form, in comparison to their away form, is not much to write home about. And while four victories have been picked up on their travels, the Suffolk side have lost at home twice and drawn twice.

Gino Manzares, pictured above, returns to the team after missing the clash at Scunthorpe last week following his crash in the drawn meeting with Edinburgh at Foxhall.

Glasgow, meanwhile, welcome back Nick Morris, the young Aussie returning to the Tigers line-up after a spell on the sidelines with injury – David Howe is still ruled out however. A couple of months ago the Witches were bottom of the Premier League, so have done well to give themselves a great shot at the play-offs with their recent form.

However, those early season defeats to Newcastle and Sheffield mean the Witches have little ‘wiggle room’ regarding finishing in the top six and getting a play-off berth.

Thursday night – as with the rest of their home league fixtures – is a must win clash.

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The Glasgow meeting sees the start of ‘Kids Go Free’ for the summer holidays – applying to all 6-15 year olds and runs until Saturday, September 5.

Witches: 1 D King, 2 C Heeps, 3 G Manzares, 4 R Tungate, 5 N Covatti, 6 S Nielsen, 7 A Morris.

Tigers: 1 N Morris, 2. J Sarjeant, 3 A Summers, 4. R/R, 5 R Lawson, 6 R Konopka, 7 A Ellis.

Mike’s prediction: Witches 49 Tigers 41

Also in Thursday’s EADT and Ipswich Star e-editions and papers the new Danny King column starts.

Here’s a snippet from this week’s King’s Speech column!!

‘I remember riding for Ostrow at a home meeting and the riot police were called.

The track was very wet and both teams considered it too dangerous to race. The referee however said we should ride. This was only 30 minutes before the start

Thanks ref. Then the PA fella announced that us riders were refusing to ride!

Well, with that all hell broke loose. Fans came down to the pits and starting smashing through the security fencing, which they have in Poland.

The riders were all penned in a corner of the pits. Security decided to sort it out and threw tear gas at the fans! But they just threw the cannisters back at us! We lobbed them back!

It was pandemonium. The riot police were eventually called and all the riders had a police escort out of the stadium for about 10 miles – including us, the home team.’

More from Danny King in Thursday’s EADT and Ipswich Star.

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