Justin Sedgmen and Kyle Newman – mixed news involving two Ipswich Witches

Justin Sedgmen, hoping more meetings will get his season moving

Justin Sedgmen, hoping more meetings will get his season moving - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Witches star Justin Sedgmen is hoping a run of fixtures in a busy few weeks will bring the best out of him.

Kyle Newman talking with meeting presenter Kevin Long at Foxhall.

Kyle Newman talking with meeting presenter Kevin Long at Foxhall. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The Australian, who also doubles up with Belle Vue in the Premiership has, by his own admittance, been inconsistent in 2017.

He has shown glimpses of his undoubted ability for the Suffolk side, who entertain Berwick in the Championship at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday night.

“I know myself that I have to find a level of consistency in my racing, but recently I’ve done a lot of sitting around due to rain-offs and a gap in fixtures, that doesn’t help,” he said on his website.

“The next few weeks are hectic and I’m sure it will bring the best out in me.”


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The Witches beat Edinburgh last Thursday at Foxhall in what was a crucial win, Sedgmen playing his part in no small part after the Suffolk side had started poorly.

Witches star Kyle Newman about to run into a somersaulting Ryan Douglas during heat three of the Ips

Witches star Kyle Newman about to run into a somersaulting Ryan Douglas during heat three of the Ipswich v Scunthorpe (SGB Championship 1) meeting at Foxhall Stadium last month. Newman has been released by Poole Pirates. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

“It was a huge win for the team over a side who are going very well this season,” he said.

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“Edinburgh are top of the league and have some very good riders. It was a hard-fought win but we got there in the end.

“I’ve said it before and I think we have the best team in the league, we have to go out and prove that. All the boys want to get to the top of the table and I think we can go on a run that will take us up there.”

Meanwhile, another Witch, Kyle Newman has expressed surprise after being dropped by Poole Pirates.

Newman, who lives in Dorset has been a part of the Poole set-up since 2014, and is a big crowd favourite.

“I’m disappointed to leave Poole,” he said on his website.

“I’m sure it won’t be the end of my association with the club that I consider home. I’ve had some fantastic times with the Pirates and winning the Elite League with my home town club meant a lot, as did captaining the team.

“My season got off to the worse start possible on a track that wasn’t raceable in my opinion. Since my return from injury I’ve only ridden in four matches for Poole so this decision has come as a big surprise to me.

“I need to say a huge thank you to the fans and local sponsors who have been amazing to me. They have supported me 100% since I first came into the side and I think they recognised that I gave my all every time I pulled on a Poole racejacket. I’m sure they’ll be as shocked as me.

“It’s now time for a new chapter in my career and hopefully I can find a new Premiership side and get my season started properly. Admittedly I think I deserved a little bit more time at Poole but I’ll stay positive and hopefully I can come back to haunt them later in the season with a new side.”

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