Preview: Danny King fit as Ipswich Witches prepare to host Sheffield Tigers
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
The Ipswich Witches welcome Sheffield Tigers to Foxhall on a rare Wednesday home fixture in the Championship tomorrow night (7.30pm).
The Witches had a busy weekend with two away meetings in the north of the country, picking up a narrow win at Berwick on Saturday before suffering the smallest of defeats at Newcastle on Sunday and collecting a point for their efforts.
The second-placed Witches are at full strength for the meeting with Danny King declared fit to ride after aggravating a shoulder injury in a fall at Newcastle.
The Tigers were one of the pre-season favourites alongside the Witches and are well placed for a play-off spot, sitting fifth but with meetings in hand over the top four.
Australian Josh Grajczonek leads the Tigers at number one whilst Kyle Howarth has enjoyed a good season so far, winning the British semi-final at his home track earlier in the season. They are joined by a successful Witches guest from earlier this season, Josh Bates. Josh Bailey guests for Rob Branford at reserve.
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The sides met on the opening night at Foxhall in March with the Suffolk outfit running out 52-41 winners as Danny King recorded a maximum from five rides on the night.
Team manager Ritchie Hawkins said the previous meeting between the sides at Foxhall won’t have any bearing this time around.
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“It was the first meeting of the year when we raced them at home so I don’t think it will have a lot of relevance to this meeting.
“They are a very good team and we will need to be at our best to get the win and we will try to win by more than six points.”
The boss says that making the top four is the only aim at the minute, with the position not holding any significance.
“We only need to get into the play-offs. If we can get to the play-offs by finishing top of the league, then great but you don’t get anything from it.
“If we make the play-offs, then dropping a point at Berwick and not getting a win at Newcastle won’t mean anything. We just need to get into the play-offs. People saying that those points could cost us, we just need to make the top four, that is the aim.”
1) Danny King (c) 8.88
2) Kyle Newman 5.88
3) Cameron Heeps 6.49
4) Justin Sedgmen 7.11
5) Rory Schlein 7.92
6) Nathan Greaves 4.59
7) Connor Mountain 2.86
1) Josh Grajczonek 9.31
2) Todd Kurtz 5.00
3) Lasse Bjerre 7.68
4) Josh Bates 6.49
5) Kyle Howarth (c) 7.94
6) Josh Bailey (g) 2.48
7) Nathan Stoneman 2.00