Newcastle come to Foxhall for big Bank Holiday Monday meeting. Witches are with Adam Ellis but are confident of putting in a solid Premier League performance

Richie Worrall (red helmet) and Gino Manzares (blue)

Richie Worrall (red helmet) and Gino Manzares (blue) - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Witches will be hoping for a better holiday showing than they gave on Good Friday when they entertain Newcastle Diamonds at Foxhall Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, 2.30pm.

The Suffolk side had a nightmare of a Good Friday against Peterborough Panthers, but dusted themselves down with a competent, if not spectacular, victory over Scunthorpe in their opening Premier League fixture of the campaign 10 days ago.

The Premier League title is one all the clubs strive for and as much as the cups are a nice distraction, just like many other sports, it’s the joy of being top after the long duration of a season that means more.

Witches promoter Chris Louis is confident of a better showing from his side than their last holiday meeting.

“We need to set the record straight as regards afternoon meetings after Good Friday,” he said.

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“I’m confident we’ll do that, the team are feeling positive.

“Newcastle will be a tough nut to crack. I saw them at Peterborough a week or so ago and they were very unlucky to get the points they did. They could easily have won the meeting.

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“If you’d asked me before the fixtures were out which two teams I thought would give us the toughest tests at Foxhall, I would have said Edinburgh and Newcastle.

“Unfortunately Edinburgh was called on Thursday, but Newcastle will be difficult.”

The Witches go into the meeting without Adam Ellis however. He is riding for Lakeside at Coventry Bees.

Sadly, for the Witches, he has also dropped to No.7 in the averages, from No.6, and it means he can only be replaced by a National League guest – Cradley’s Tom Perry deputises.


Ipswich: R Worrall, G Manzares, M Risager, C Heeps, R Tungate, T Perry, R Hawkins

Newcastle: S Robson, L Kerr, C Henry, A Rosen or R/R, L Lindgren, C Schramm, L Rose

n Monday will see kids go for free with a paying adult as well as a poster-signing session with the Witches team and a track walk. Gates open at 1pm and it is advised to get there early for the signing session. After the meeting there will be a fans’ forum with the riders.

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