Piotr has chance to show his worth

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches' new-found hero, Piotr Swiderski, has a chance to show his former employers they were wrong to let him go tonight.The Pole lines up at number two in the Witches side for their Craven Shield speedway trip to the East of England Showground to ride against Peterborough (start 6.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches' new-found hero, Piotr Swiderski, has a chance to show his former employers they were wrong to let him go tonight.

The Pole lines up at number two in the Witches side for their Craven Shield speedway trip to the East of England Showground to ride against Peterborough (start 6.30pm).

After their splendid victory at Lakeside on Friday night, Ipswich will be in pole position to top the group if they were to find more away success. Having gone through the whole of 2007 without gaining a single away success, Pete Simmons' side has won both their away contests this year - starting with a challenge win at King's Lynn. If they are going to make it a hat-trick of East Anglian travelling wins then Swiderski will need to be at his best again after top scoring at Lakeside.

That win took away the disappointment of losing at home to the Essex-based side earlier in the day at Foxhall Stadium. Ipswich currently top the group, with race points difference likely to come into play. So a good result tonight will be just what the doctor ordered with the highest scoring team from the three groups going straight through to the final. The other two table-toppers race off for a final place.

Robert Miskowiak is expected to have recovered from a sickness bug to ride tonight, and he stayed in England along with fellow Poles Jarek Hampel and Swiderski over the Easter weekend. Swiderski previously rode for the Panthers and their co-promoter Mick Bratley is on record saying he was disappointed not to be able to include Swiderski this year.

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Ipswich asset and Peterborough heat leader Danny King is expecting a tougher meeting than the last time the teams met at the showground when the Panthers won 62-30 last autumn. He said: “Ipswich have a competitive team, and it's clear they are a lot stronger this year than they have been in previous seasons.”

Yesterday's snow is meant to clear and Peterborough will have all day today to work on the track.

Tonight's line-ups

Peterborough: H Andersen (9.91 average), S Simota (4.44), K Bjerre (7.90), M Risager (4.95), D King (5.69), H Moller (3.00), C Vissing (3.00).

Ipswich: R Miskowiak (6.69), P Swiderski (5.19), C Louis (7.28), S Johnston (5.41), J Hampel (6.27), T Kroner (4.89), C Schramm (3.00).

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