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Ipswich Witches lose at Somerset Rebels

PUBLISHED: 10:48 23 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:48 23 August 2014

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Ipswich Witches suffered a 59-31 defeat at Somerset Rebels in the Premier League last night, their first defeat since June 22.

Both teams had inflicted 40-point home cup defeats on the other this season and Somerset were prolific on their own track again.

The Rebels earned a first heat 5-1. After two re-runs, Charles Wright kept a tight leash on Ritchie Hawkins on the inside and allowed Nick Morris to come through and win.

The Witches’ poor start continued in heat two. Cameron Heeps took the lead from the gate but was unable to stay in front, allowing Paul Starke and Todd Kurtz to claim another 5-1.

Things went from bad to worse in heat three with Brady Kurtz gaining the second-fastest time of the season at Somerset, in a third straight 5-1.

Heat four brought some respite with the Witches tying their first heat of the night, Rohan Tungate finishing second and Ben Hopwood – guesting for Adam Ellis – in third.

Richie Worrall took a tactical ride for Ipswich in heat five but it was to no avail. In third place, behind Ritchie Hawkins, Worrall was overtaken by Pontus Aspgren who ensured a 4-2 for the hosts.

Wright and Morris cruised to a fourth Rebels’ maximum in heat six before Olly Allen was excluded in the next race for a fall. That allowed Gino Manzares and heat winner Morten Risager to take a 5-1. Allen later withdrew from the meeting.

Hawkins then took a tactical ride, with Heeps replacing Hopwood, but he failed to stop a Somerset one-two.

Brady Kurtz and Aspgren kept the Rebels scoring with a maximum, before the Witches made gate in heat 10, only for Wright to pass both Manzares and Risager for the win.

Worrall earned his first win of the night in heat 11 but Ipswich could only tie the heat and the Rebels cruised to another 5-1 in heat 12.

Ipswich secured a 3-3 in heat 13, Todd Kurtz’s engine giving up, before Aspgren took heat 14.

Worrall was awarded the final race of the night after a long battle with Brady Kurtz who fell on lap three.

1 Morris, Wright, Hawkins, Worrall 5-1 5-1

2 Starke, T Kurtz, Heeps, Hopwood 5-1 10-2

3 B Kurtz, Aspgren, Risager, Manzares 5-1 15-3

4 Allen, Tungate, Hopwood, Starke (R) 3-3 18-6

5 B Kurtz, Hawkins, Aspgren, Worrall (TR) 4-2 22-8

6 Wright, Morris, Tungate, Hopwood 5-1 27-9

7 Risager, Manzares, T Kurtz, Allen (X) 1-5 28-14

8 Starke, Wright, Hawkins (TR), Heeps 5-1 33-15

9 B Kurtz, Aspgren, Tungate, Heeps 5-1 38-16

10 Wright, Manzares, Morris, Risager 4-2 42-18

11 Worrall, T Kurtz, Starke, Hawkins 3-3 45-21

12 B Kurtz, Starke, Heeps, Risager 5-1 50-22

13 Morris, Worrall, Tungate, T Kurtz (R) 3-3 53-25

14 Aspgren, Manzares, Starke, Heeps 4-2 57-27

15 Worrall, Morris, Manzares, B Kurtz 2-4 59-31

Somerset: Morris 11+1, Wright 10+2, B Kurtz 12, Aspgren 8+2, Allen 3 (W), T Kurtz 5+1, Starke 10+2

Witches: Worrall 8, Hawkins 4, Risager 4, Manzares 7+1, Tungate 5+1, Heeps 2, Hopwood 1+1

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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