Preview: Ipswich Witches travel to Workington Comets

Danny King, three late heat wins helped Witches grab a point at Glasgow

Danny King, three late heat wins helped Witches grab a point at Glasgow - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The Suffolk side are in fine form having won four on the trot including two away from home to put them second in the table behind early pacesetters Edinburgh.

It’s the same Witches seven that recorded a dramatic last-heat win at Scunthorpe last Sunday that will ride at Derwent Park.

The home side will be led by GB World Cup member Craig Cook who will be looking to take the crown of British champion off Witches skipper Danny King when the pair race in next month’s British Final at Belle Vue.

The Witches have run the Comets close over the years at Derwent Park but a win has proved elusive since 2013 when Ben Barker led the side to victory and current Witch Cameron Heeps scored 6+2 in a 47-43 win.

Team Manager Ritchie Hawkins said that confidence is high in the camp but believes there is still more to come from the side.

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He said: “We are in good form and are going everywhere looking to win meetings. Everyone is getting on well and we have done well with how we have built the team, its how we expected with everyone getting on.

“That hasn’t changed even with the team changes and now we have a full team again we can look at progressing. We are nowhere near our best even though we are performing well at the moment.”

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Hawkins was a fan of the Workington track in his riding days and admitted it was his favourite place to race.

“It was one of my favourite places to go and race on. The two corners are completely different, with the third and fourth bend banked and the first and second turn completely flat. It’s a fast one that you have to attack. It’s a great place to go and race.”

Workington Comets

1. Craig Cook (c) 9.83

2. Mason Campton 4.67

3. Ty Proctor 6.68

4. James Sarjeant 5.66

5. Thomas Jorgensen 7.45

6. Matt Williamson 3.58

7. Rob Shuttleworth 2.00

Team Manager: Tony Jackson

Ipswich Witches

1. Danny King (c) 8.44

2. Cameron Heeps 7.24

3. Justin Sedgmen 7.60

4. Kyle Newman 6.31

5. Rory Schlein 7.67

6. Connor Mountain 2.56

7. Nathan Greaves 2.26

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