More of the same says Witches boss Messenger as Ipswich entertain Rye House Rockets at Foxhall . . . and Gino is back!

Brian Messenger

Brian Messenger - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich ‘Sackers’ Witches team manager Brian Messenger, right, is looking for more of the same from his side on Thursday night, as they entertain Rye House Rockets at Foxhall Stadium, 7.30pm.

The Witches have won their last two home meetings in impressive style after a blip against Glasgow Tigers that resulted in a draw.

The play-offs are still in their own hands, as Messenger knows.

“If we ride against Rye House like we did last week against Berwick, we will be fine,” Messenger said.

“We made a potentialy tricky tie against them look easy, which was great.


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“I think we are at the bottom end of the play-off picture. In other words with the top six qualifying we are, I think one of three sides battling for the final two positions.

“But it’s in our own hands and if we match Peterborough’s results through to the end of the season, we will be in.”

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The Witches are at full strength, with Adam Ellis in the Suffolk side as his parent club Lakeside’s clash at Swindon is a re-arranged one after an earlier clash was called off.

Gino Manzares, who has a guest booking for Peterborough at Scunthorpe on Friday night, returns to the side, while Cameron Heeps will be hoping to continue his good form from recent meetings.

Rye House have already lost at Foxhall twice this season. Their No.1 star is former Team GB rider, Edward Kennett.

Premier League (top 6 into play-offs)

P Pts.

Edinburgh 15 23

Somerset 15 34

Ipswich 19 34

Scunthorpe 18 31

Berwick 13 30

Newcastle 20 27

Redcar 20 24

Peterborough 12 19

Workington 9 19

Glasgow 17 18

Plymouth 18 15

Rye House 13 12

Sheffield 13 11

Witches: R Worrall, R Hawkins, M Risager, G Manzares, R Tungate, A Ellis, C Heeps

Rockets: E Kennett, L Bowen, S Boxall, J Garrity, A Mellgren, O Greenwood, J Bunyan.

Mike’s prediction: Witches 55 Rockets 35

A family affair for Gino . . . in the Ipswich Star newspaper on Thursday

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