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Preview: Peterborough Panthers v Ipswich Witches Championship Shield clash

Rory Schlein is the Ipswich Witches' number one. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Rory Schlein is the Ipswich Witches' number one. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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The Ipswich Witches travel to local rivals Peterborough on Sunday for a Championship Shield fixture, writes Henry Chard.

The original fixture was one of many all over the country that was postponed over Easter due to the awful weather and the second attempt to stage the meeting was also a wash out.

The Witches’ hopes of qualification from the group were shattered at Foxhall after they were defeated 44-45 by Lakeside back in April.

The Witches are fully focused on their Championship league campaign now and will use this weekend’s fixture as good practice for the league meeting later this season.

Despite the meeting not meaning anything, the team will be keen to build up momentum after a good win last time out against champions Sheffield.

Michael Härtel is missing again as he already had prior commitments ahead of the fixture being re-arranged and Georgie Wood comes in as a National League guest.

When and where

East of England Arena & Events Centre on Sunday June 17 at 5pm.

Teams

Peterborough: 1. Scott Nicholls 7.74 2. Ellis Perks 4.95 3. Bradley Wilson Dean 5.90 4. Michael Palm Toft 6.68 5. Ulrich Ostergaard 7.41 6. Simon Lambert 4.80 © 7. Tom Bacon 3.03. Team Manager: Carl Johnson

Ipswich: 1. Rory Schlein 9.08 2. Cameron Heeps 6.57 3. Nico Covatti 6.30 4. Georgie Wood (g) 5.20 5. Danny King 9.05 © 6. Connor Mountain 3.58 7. Danyon Hume 3.74. Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

Hawkins says

Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins said: “We are out of the competition but it is a chance for the boys to put on a good performance.

“We need it as you don’t want to finish the group with no points. We had a good performance last Thursday and we need to carry on from that and put on a good show.

“It is not about anything else for us other than winning. The boys need to earn some money and put on a good show because we don’t want to finish with zero points, that’s embarrassing.”

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

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.

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

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