Ritchie Hawkins hails dominant Ipswich Witches as Scunthorpe Scorpions are put to the sword
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Ipswich Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins says his side showed their dominance from the off after a 60-32 win over Scunthorpe Scorpions, in the Championship on Thursday night.
The home side, who are second in the Championship – a point behind leaders Edinburgh – once again put the opposition to the sword to keep their 100 per cent record at Foxhall going and Hawkins says it was a convincing victory in front of the home fans.
“I’m happy to pick up the three points and it was a convincing performance,” revealed the Ipswich boss.
“We got into them (Scunthorpe) early and built up a nice lead and three maximums from the three riders in heat leader positions showed our dominance.”
The boss now wants to take that home form on the road as the Witches face a crucial weekend in the Championship, away at bottom-of-the-table Berwick Bandits, on Saturday, and fourth-bottom Newcastle Diamonds, on Sunday evening.
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“Our home form has been near on perfect so far this season so we need to tie up some points away from home to keep us in the play-off positions.
“We have got to get an away win or two before the end of the year and you look at Berwick as one of the places you have got to go to and there is an opportunity for us to go there and get some points, especially after winning there earlier on in the year.
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“It is hard to pick up away wins as every side is capable of performing on their home track but we need to go there confident, with the form we are in, we stand a good chance.”
Hawkins wants his side to continue collecting points and believes the team have progressed in recent weeks.
“We need to keep the score board ticking along,” he explained.
“With the riders we have I have got so much belief in them and we are capable of getting a win anywhere if we perform to our potential on the day.
“We just need to carry on the progress we have shown in the previous weeks and it is a vital weekend and we need to make the most of it.”
Berwick feature ex-Witches’ skipper Kevin Doolan in their squad and are seven points adrift of second-bottom Scunthorpe.