King buoyed by good spirit in the Witches team – while Mildenhall head to Manchester tonight for a date with Belle Vue

Maximum man: Danny King

Maximum man: Danny King - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Witches skipper Danny King has admitted the spirit in the team is good, despite the injury-hit start to the 2017 year.

King and his Witches team-mates were left kicking their heels last night after their Championship clash with Berwick was called off because of the rain.

The track staff were going to do their best to get the meeting on, so long as by 7pm the rain had stopped. Sadly it hadn’t and the correct decision to call it off was arrived at.

The Witches were set to welcome back into the team Kyle Newman – his first meeting for the Suffolk club since an opening day crash at Poole curtailed his start to the season.

“The spirit is really good in the team considering everything that has gone on,” King said.

“It’s nice to have Kyle (Newman) back and it’s a shame we won’t see the team we started with on the track at the same time now that Nico (Covatti) and Danyon (Hume) are injured.

“It is what it is and we need to get on with it.

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“I think it is important to get the right characters and we are lucky that we have a team of good guys and riders.

“I’m sure there are some scenarios where you get a good rider who is not a team man and that is not good for morale. We have got a good team and the spirit has been brilliant and it’s nice to welcome Kyle back and I’m sure he is looking forward to it too.”

Newman will now make his Witches debut at Berwick on Saturday, where the Suffolk side will look to improve on their disappointing away form so far this campaign – form not helped by all the injuries.

Meanwhile, Mildenhall Fen Tigers are back on the road tonight when they travel to the National Stadium to face the Belle Vue Colts.

After successfully utilising guests for the last two fixtures the Fen Tigers welcome back No.1 Connor Mountain who scored a highly respectable six points in Wednesday’s British U21 Final at Poole. The Fen Tigers will travel with confidence following fine wins at Cradley and at home to Eastbourne, but knowing it will be a difficult task to defeat a side led by the exciting Dan Bewley.

Mildenhall: C Mountain, L Ruddick, D Halsey, D Verge, J Armstrong, S Woods, J Jenkins.

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