Ipswich Witches v Workington Comets: Meeting preview

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins and skipper Danny King will lead their side against Workington.

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins and skipper Danny King will lead their side against Workington. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The Ipswich Witches return to Foxhall tomorrow for a Championship encounter with the Workington Comets (7.30pm), writes Henry Chard.

Since beating Glasgow on home shale two weeks ago the Witches have been in league action just once, last weekend at Scunthorpe where they came away with a 47-43 victory following a late comeback.

Justin Sedgmen missed that victory with injury but is hoping to return to the side after seeing a specialist.

The Comets arrive in Suffolk harbouring hopes of a late charge for the play-offs with plenty of meetings in hand.

The away side sit in seventh with many meetings in hand over their rivals but it will take some effort if they are to make the top four from here – although not impossible.


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British champion Craig Cook captains the visitors, who have former Witch James Sarjeant at reserve. It is not yet known who will ride at number seven for Workington.

The Witches have been dominant at home against Workington in recent times with big victories, the last coming earlier this season in a 59-33 win as Kyle Newman recorded a paid 13+2 maximum.

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Team Manager Ritchie Hawkins said his side need to keep picking up wins at home to keep ticking along nicely and added that the home defeat to Edinburgh has sparked good performances since.

“We need to keep going at home really,” said Hawkins. “We have been shown recently that if we slack off we will get punished and Workington have riders that go well at our place. We need to make sure we are on our game.

“The Edinburgh defeat helped against Glasgow because we came back and put in a really good performance. I think time will tell a bit more on that but the performance was there at Scunthorpe too and everyone’s confidence is high.”

The boss admitted that Newman is fighting through the pain barrier as he waits on the fitness of Sedgmen ahead of today’s clash.

“Kyle took another knock on Sunday which was far from ideal,” he said. “We are waiting on news from the specialist about Sedgy’s shoulder and hopefully we can figure a way of strapping it that eases off the problems he has been having. Hopefully he will be fit.”

Teams

Witches:

1. Danny King (c) 8.88

2. Kyle Newman 6.29

3. Cameron Heeps 6.78

4. Justin Sedgmen 6.46

5. Rory Schlein 8.23

6. Nathan Greaves 4.63

7. Connor Mountain 3.18

Comets

1. Craig Cook (c) 9.90

2. Mason Campton 5.85

3. Ty Proctor 7.40

4. Matt Williamson 5.53

5. Thomas Jorgensen 6.80

6. James Sarjeant 3.62

7. TBC 2.00

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