Scunthorpe Scorpions v Ipswich Witches: Preview
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The Ipswich Witches head to Scunthorpe on Sunday as they look for a vital away win at the Eddie Wright Raceway (5.30pm).
Ipswich beat Glasgow last time out at Foxhall after an impressive display and the Witches sit second in the table going into the final stretch of the season.
Kyle Newman is fit enough to take his place in the side after he was withdrawn after heat one of the win over Glasgow last time out following a heavy first turn fall.
The Scorpions have endured another tough campaign and are racing for pride at this stage of the season, with only Berwick below them in the table.
The Suffolk side took a last heat victory in the earlier meeting this season, with Danny King completing a five-ride maximum in a 46-44 win.
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Team manager Ritchie Hawkins says he would take a repeat of that victory again this time around but says the hosts always provide a stern test despite their league position.
“Scunthorpe have not had the best of seasons but they always give us a really tough match,” said Hawkins. “It will be another tough one on Sunday, our first meeting up there this season was a classic and we just managed to sneak the win. I will take the same again on Sunday.”
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The boss says the home side will be full of confidence after their away win but is hoping his team can strengthen their top four spot come the end of the weekend.
“Their team has changed since our first visit there and they will be on a high after having that brilliant away win last weekend. A win would really strengthen our position in the play-offs and we are looking to get a win.”
1. Michael Palm Toft 6.97
2. Jake Allen 6.08
3. Lewis Kerr 6.76
4. Ryan Douglas 5.77
5. Josh Auty 6.71
6. Tero Aarnio 5.27
7. Josh Bailey 2.56
1. Danny King (c) 8.88
2. Kyle Newman 6.29
3. Cameron Heeps 6.78
4. Justin Sedgmen 6.46
5. Rory Schlein 8.23
6. Nathan Greaves 4.63
7. Connor Mountain 3.18