It’s the Rebels in town at Foxhall for play-off clash. Witches No.1 Rohan Tungate calls for more of the same against Somerset, as the maths are simple for Brian Messenger’s side

A study of concentration as Rohan Tungate. Picture: Steve Waller

A study of concentration as Rohan Tungate. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Witches No.1 Rohan Tungate is hoping Somerset Rebels’ previous visits to Foxhall this season will be replicated Thursday night, as the Suffolk side entertain the west country outfit in the Witches second play-off fixture at Foxhall Stadium.

Somerset have lost three times at Foxhall in 2014 – once by a massive 40 points – and Tungate admits it is a track they have struggled at.

“I speak to some of their riders and they don’t look forward to coming to Ipswich,” Tungate said.

“They haven’t done that well here this season and we need to put them under pressure early on and make sure that continues.

“In saying that, these are the play-offs and we know Somerset will be up for it, so we can’t be too careful.”

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Ipswich make a change to their riding order tonight, with Ritchie Hawkins dropping down to reserve and Cameron Heeps going the other way and into the main body of the team.

Ironically both riders’ averages have gone up in September.

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It’s a move that shouldn’t cause too much concern to the Witches management, although they would like to see Gino Manzares get back to some sort of form – the young American had a trying couple of days last week with falls and machine problems denting his scoring potential.

The maths are simple. Should Ipswich beat Somerset by more than six points tonight and then get a win or draw at Scunthorpe tomorrow, the Suffolk side are into the play-off final.

A tall order but one the Witches are very capable.

Somerset are missing young Aussie Brady Kurtz (broken wrist), with all but No.1 Olly Allen being able to take an extra ride as they cover with rider replacement.

The Rebels entertain Scunthorpe Wednesday night, the Scorpions rocked by the news guest Kyle Newman, who was pencilled into ride at Somerset and against the Witches on Friday in Lincolnshire, is out with injury – the Witches will face Ricky Wells at Scunthorpe on Friday – he takes Newman’s place.

Ipswich: R Tungate, C Heeps, M Risager, G Manzares, R Worrall, R Hawkins, A Ellis

Somerset: O Allen, R/R, C Wright, P Aspgren, N Morris, T Kurtz, P Starke

Mike’s prediction: Witches 52 Rebels 38

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