Louis: We will push Bees all the way

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches promoter John Louis has promised speedway fans another treat at Foxhall Stadium tonight (THUR) (start 7.30pm).The Witches take on a Coventry Bees side desperate for three points in their quest to be in the top two in the Sky Sports Elite League by the play-off, cut-off date next Thursday.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches promoter John Louis has promised speedway fans another treat at Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.30pm).

The Witches take on a Coventry Bees side desperate for three points in their quest to be in the top two in the Sky Sports Elite League by the play-off, cut-off date next Thursday.

Ipswich pushed table-topping Swindon all the way at home last Saturday, and Louis is confident they will do the same tonight.


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Louis, who will be standing in as team manager again as Mike Smillie only returns from holiday today, said: “I believe at Foxhall fans see some of the best racing in the country, and I fully expect that to be the case again against the Bees.

“We have ridden some very difficult meetings in the last fortnight - home and away against Swindon away to Coventry and now at home to Coventry.

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“We know we have a battle on our hands but we will give it all we have got.”

Ipswich welcome back Zibi Suchecki after injury forced him to miss last weekend's meeting, but Jesper B Jensen is still on the sidelines although he hopes to return at Wolverhampton on Monday.

Ipswich suffered a 33-point defeat in the corresponding B fixture at Brandon last Friday so the Witches have precious little hope of wrestling the aggregate bonus point as they seek their ninth league victory of the year.

The Bees were in commanding form on their last visit to Foxhall, winning 57-37 on July 12.

Ipswich-based Great Britain captain Scott Nicholls is the number one in the Bees side, and the man who cost Coventry £36,000 when he moved from Foxhall two years ago will be a hard man to beat tonight.

Coventry went into last night's meeting at Poole on a run of 14 straight wins - one in the KO Cup - dating back to June 21.

Three points tonight won't quite secure a top two finish for the Bees. If they lost at Wimborne Road, a win tonight would mean they would definitely finish first or second by winning their remaining two home meetings.

If the Bees were to sting the Pirates last night, Coventry would virtually be there with a win at Foxhall. It would then take an almighty slip-up at home for them to lose out.

Tonight's line-ups

Ipswich: Rider replacement for JB Jensen, K Jansson, C Louis, T Kroner, R Miskowiak, M Rempala, Z Suchecki.

Coventry: S Nicholls, rider replacement for O Allen, C Harris, M Smolinski, R Schlein, B Janniro, S Johnston.

EASTBOURNE rider, and former Witch, David Norris will decide next month whether to continue his riding career.

Norris has been on the sidelines after a series of knocks and is developing a property business alongside team-mate Dean Barker.

He said: “I see a neurologist next month and hopefully he will give me the all-clear. I will decide then whether to race again, I'm not ruling it out.”

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