Revitalised Witches on way up table
IT'S been a good couple of days for the Ipswich Evening Star Witches after another impressive performance at Foxhall Stadium last night.With Peterborough swept aside on Monday, it was Wolverhampton's turn this time to fill the full force of a potent Witches top order who, after a tentative start, blew the visitors away.
IT'S been a good couple of days for the Ipswich Evening Star Witches after another impressive performance at Foxhall Stadium last night.
With Peterborough swept aside on Monday, it was Wolverhampton's turn this time to fill the full force of a potent Witches top order who, after a tentative start, blew the visitors away.
Every Witch apart from Chris Schramm won a heat and another two points moves the Suffolk side further up the Elite League with another home meeting to come next week against Eastbourne.
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The Evening Star Witches look a completely different side with Robert Miskowiak back on form and if only he had produced this type of racing at the start of the season then the Witches would be in the top four, not the bottom four.
Miskowiak's return to form has been just the boost John Louis' side have needed, with Chris Louis injured, and once again the rider replacement facility worked well, picking up a paid nine points.
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Yet rather strangely when one looks at the final score it was Wolves who took the lead in the first race with Piotr Swiderski having to pass Ales Dryml to split the Wolves paring.
Tobi Kroner was long gone in the reserves race but Schramm threw away third place when he made a real hash of the final bend to gift the visitors a drawn heat.
Niels Christian Iversen roared from the start in the next as Wolves maintained their lead but the Witches drew level with David Howe taking three laps to pass a gutsy effort from Schramm.
Captain Steve Johnston rode a brilliant first turn to see off Lindgren as the Witches roared to their first 5-1 maximum of the night and Miskowiak gated to his second win on the trot in Heat six.
Heat seven was a corker with Iversen chasing Kroner for four pulsating laps with Jarek Hampel already long gone.
It was a thrilling finish as Iversen just got the better of the Ipswich man on the line.
An extraordinary heat eight saw no less than three of the four riders excluded.
Firstly Kenneth Hansen fell on the second turn and two bends later Schramm fell. The race was stopped with both riders excluded, Schramm for being the cause of the stoppage and Hansen for being under power at the time.
In the two man re-run Swiderski took Dyrml very wide on the second turn and when Dryml fell, referee Tony Steele excluded him, leaving Swiderski to joyfully scoot around in a second re-run to earn all three points.
Iversen's tactical ride in heat 10 was nullified by the brilliant Hampel and when Lindgren's tactical substitute ride two races later was stamped out by Miskowiak the Witches were almost home and dry.
And in heat 13 they clinched the meeting.
With Hampel away once more Swiderski took it upon himself to chase Howe for everything he was worth.
On the last lap the daring Pole went through the narrowest of gaps down the back straight as the crowd rose to their feet to applaud a brave, match-winning ride.
Both sides exchanged 5-1 maximims at the death and just as in the Knock-out Cup clash earlier in the season it was Wolves who finished with the maximum.
But this time the joy was all with the Evening Star Witches and in this type of form their position in the league table is set to improve by the week.