King will have something to prove
CHRIS Louis feels that former Witch Daniel King will have something to prove when he returns to Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.30pm).Ipswich entertain Peterborough Panthers in the Sky Sports Elite League, and Witches skipper Louis is looking forward to meeting up with King who moved from Foxhall to Peterborough last winter.
By Elvin King
CHRIS Louis feels that former Witch Daniel King will have something to prove when he returns to Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.30pm).
Ipswich entertain Peterborough Panthers in the Sky Sports Elite League, and Witches skipper Louis is looking forward to meeting up with King who moved from Foxhall to Peterborough last winter.
It will be King's first visit back since his loan move, with Louis saying: “It should be a spectacle well worth watching.
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“I am sure Daniel, with his youthful enthusiasm, will have something to prove and will want to show Witches fans what they are missing. Daniel is rated very highly by everybody at Ipswich, and it was no secret that we were sorrow to see him leave during the winter.
“He has been clocking up some good scores in recent Peterborough meetings, while we will also have to watch, of course, another former Ipswich rider and Grand Prix star Hans Andersen. It would be fair to say that Hans can be a controversial character, but there is no denying that he is a damn good speedway rider.”
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This is Andersen's second year away from Ipswich, having been a member of the Peterborough side that pipped Reading to win the title in 2006. Louis is hoping his side can rise to the occasion tonight against a side that is expected to qualify for the end of season play-offs.
“Against the last team we faced at home who are in line for a top four play-off place - Coventry - we failed to hit the right buttons,” added Louis. “This time we must ensure that we do, on what will undoubtedly be a well prepared track - unlike the two we were asked to ride on at the East of England Showground last year. They were decidedly ropey, although conditions were much better for our visits this season.”
Jesper B Jensen was a member of the Panthers side last year, and he is now a vital cog at Ipswich having ridden briefly for the now-defunct Oxford Elite League side earlier this campaign.
The reverse fixture at the East of England Showground earlier in the season was interrupted by rain with the home side winning 46-28 when proceedings were halted after heat 12.
If reserve Tobi Kroner continues to show the form that helped the Witches beat Wolverhampton at Foxhall last Thursday it will go a long way to achieving a notable victory tonight.
Both teams expect to be at full strength with Peterborough tracking three members of the Danish team that finished runners-up to Poland in the 2007 World Cup.
Apart from Andersen, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre will test the resolve of the home side, while King is likely to be a lively customer at reserve.
Ipswich: JB Jensen, K Jansson, C Louis, Z Suchecki, R Miskowiak, M Rempala, T Kroner.
Peterborough: H Andersen, L Dryml, N-K Iversen, P Swiderski, K Bjerre, D King, R Hall.
Children aged 15 and under will be allowed in free tonight if accompanied by a paying adult and on production of a coupon that can be found in the Ipswich Evening Star that will be available at the stadium.