It’s Witches v Panthers and revenge will be on the home side’s mind after their bad Good Friday against the team from Alwalton as Louis dismisses rumours of change

Ulrich Ostergaard

Ulrich Ostergaard - Credit: Archant

Revenge will be in the air as Ipswich ‘Sackers’ Witches entertain Peterborough Panthers tonight at Foxhall.

The Suffolk side were merrily going about their business at the start of the season, with four straight victories, before the Panthers came along on Good Friday to completely rain on the Witches’ parade – with home and away wins in the League Cup.

It was the start of a spiral of poor performances, especially away from home, as confidence appeared damaged and the young Witches side struggled to get things back on track.

So, tonight the Witches will be left in no doubt about what is required – not just a victory – but all three points into the bargain.

Their cause will have been helped tonight in a variety of ways


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Firstly, Adam Ellis returns to the Witches’ line-up after missing the last two meetings due to Elite League commitments.

Statistically this year the team have performed better when he has been available.

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Meanwhile, the Panthers will be missing Ulrich Ostergaard, as he is riding in the Danish Championship final; his rides will be covered by the rider replacement rule.

Panthers boss Trevor Swales said: “We produced a terrific performance at Ipswich on Good Friday and we are going there in search of another win.

“Ipswich will be feeling plenty of pressure because they will not want to lose to us again, and we have to try to take advantage of that.”

Swales is optimistic that Panthers can overcome the absence of skipper Ostergaard, who top-scored in both Good Friday victories over the Witches.

Ostergaard rides in the first leg of the Danish Final tomorrow so Panthers will utilise the rider replacement facility. Ales Dryml takes over as skipper.

Swales added: “It is always a blow to go into a meeting without your captain, especially as Ulrich rides Foxhall particularly well.

“But we have plenty of other guys in decent form and hopefully we can still pick up a fair few points from his rides.”

Witches Gino Manzares will be racing at Foxhall for the first time since he qualified for the world under-21 final series later in the year.

The young American finished fourth at Leicester on Saturday to qualify for a series that takes place in Poland, Czech Republic and Italy.

The Witches go into tonight’s meeting with team boss Chris Louis backing his side to return to winning ways – and he dismissed rumours he was set to make changes.

“My riders are under no pressure whatsoever to worry about their place in the side,” he added.

TEAMS:

IPSWICH: Richie Worrall, Gino Manzares, Morten Risager, Cameron Heeps, Rohan Tungate, Adam Ellis, Ritchie Hawkins.

‘TC HARRISON’ PANTHERS: Ryan Fisher, Lewis Blackbird, Ales Dryml, Rider replacement for Ulrich Ostergaard, Lasse Bjerre, Joe Jacobs, Oliver Greenwood.

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