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Witches will fight ‘tooth and nail’ says Louis... Also his thoughts on the lack of Championship fixtures...

Witches promoter Chris Louis, wants his side to fight tooth and nail to get into the play-offs Photo: STEVE WALLER

Witches promoter Chris Louis, wants his side to fight tooth and nail to get into the play-offs Photo: STEVE WALLER

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Ipswich Witches promoter Chris Louis has said his team will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to secure a Championship play-off place.

Witches promoter Chris Louis talks with Rory Schlein, who takes over the No.1 race jacket  Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.comWitches promoter Chris Louis talks with Rory Schlein, who takes over the No.1 race jacket Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

The Suffolk side are back in action on Foxhall Heath tonight, 7.30pm, when they take on champions Sheffield Tigers.

It’s been a poor start to the season for the Witches, who have only won one meeting in their opening eight.

They are out of the Championship Shield and out of the KO Cup. All that is left is the Championship itself.

But Louis is determined to still make 2018 a season to remember.

“After the start we have made we have got to fight tooth and nail now for the play-offs,” he said.

“It’s been a poor start, we know that. We’ve had a few injuries as well. But riders are coming back and we can’t afford to lose home meetings.”

Sheffield Tigers celebrates their success in the Championship play-off final last seasonSheffield Tigers celebrates their success in the Championship play-off final last season

The Witches have not ridden at Foxhall since they lost to at home to Lakeside in the KO Cup – a meeting that saw skipper Danny King crash out with a serious arm injury.

King is only now returning to racing, but such has been the gap between fixtures for the Witches, the Peterborough-based flyer hasn’t missed a home meeting!

MORE: Witches v Tigers preview

“I don’t make the rules about the fixtures,” Louis said.

“Let’s just say I’m as frustrated as our fans and riders at such big gaps in them this year. Personally I wanted to run two home and two away meetings as we did last year.

“Then again, getting knocked out of the Cup and Shield hasn’t helped us. So we have made our own luck in that respect.”

The Witches have only ridden three league meetings, a home win over Newcastle, a draw at Newcastle and a defeat a Berwick.

It’s an okay start in a league where away victories are proving elusive – just two in 24 meetings ridden all told, so far.

“It was a reasonable draw at Newcastle and but for a bit of officiating that I felt didn’t go our way, could have been a win,” Louis said.

“But we could have got more at Berwick, especially with Rory Schlein getting an 18-point maximum.”

Schlein’s form so far this season has been the biggest plus for the Witches and the Aussie takes over the No.1 race jacket from King tonight.

“That doesn’t worry me,” Louis said.

“I will have both riders in heat 13 and possibly heat 15. I will have a strong rider in Rory out in heat one and Danny out three heats later.

“Both are top riders.”

VIDEO: The Danny King column...

And as regards tonight’s opponents, Sheffield, Louis added: “Sheffield are very much like us so far.

“They retained their top four from last season but it hasn’t worked for them yet, a bit like us.

“But I’m sure both us and Sheffield will come strong as the season progresses.

“July and August are going to be very busy months for both clubs.”

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

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Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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