Risager returns against Rockets and in a good frame of mind

MORTEN Risager returns to the ‘Sackers’ Witches team tonight, in a good frame of mind.

MORTEN Risager returns to the ‘Sackers’ Witches team tonight, in a good frame of mind.

Ipswich’s young Dane crashed out of the opening meeting of the season – ironically against tonight’s opponents Rye House – and broke his back.

But his recovery has been far quicker than he first imagined and it has put him in good heart.

“I thought I would be out of the team for the season when I first got told the news,” he said.

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“A broken back sounds so bad, but it never felt that bad and certainly didn’t feel as bad as it sounds.

“A few weeks ago I was feeling so good but I kept it to myself. I didn’t want to just come back for the sake of it.

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“So now I feel great and am really looking forward to riding again.”

Risager lost part of a finger in a crash last season and admits his return to the side last year was not comfortable.

“I felt a bit scared coming back last season, having lost part of a finger. That was part of my body I’d lost. And it affected my confidence.”

Risager comes into the team at No.4, with Rohan Tungate moving to No.2 after a successful start to his 2012 season, which has seen him move out of the reserve positions. Mat Tresarrieu now moves into reserve and could be a trump card for Pete Simmons’ side. The Rockets have ridden well at Foxhall in recent meetings and on their last visit managed to fight back from a 14-point deficit to take a League Cup point back to Hoddesdon.

Tonight’s teams

Ipswich: 1. Leigh Lanham 7.73, 2. Rohan Tungate 6.51, 3. Kevin Doolan (C) 7.16, 4. Morten Risager 6.36, 5. Dakota North 6.40, 6. Mathieu Tresarrieu 6.35, 7. Cameron Heeps 4.00

Rye House: 1. Charlie Gjedde 8.77, 2. Jason Bunyan 5.11, 3. Anders Mellgren 5.35, 4. Richie Hawkins 5.22, 5. Jordan Frampton 7.66, 6. Jason Garrity 4.00, 7. Luke Bowen (C) 4.97

Premier League

P Pts.

Newcastle 4 12

Leicester 4 11

Berwick 2 6

Somerset 3 6

Sheffield 6 6

Scunthorpe 4 5

Ipswich 3 4

Workington 1 3

Glasgow 3 3

Rye House 3 3

Redcar 5 3

Plymouth 2 2

Edinburgh 2 0

*top six go into the play-offs.

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