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Ipswich Witches’ star Kyle Newman says the Suffolk side’s home form bodes well for the year ahead.
Speaking before tomorrow night’s huge Championship clash with league leaders Edinburgh Monarchs at Foxhall (7.30pm), Newman and his Witches team-mates have yet to be beaten – or especially run close – by any club at home so far in 2017.
It’s been an impressive start to the campaign at Foxhall – Newman feels there is more to come.
“We beat a good Newcastle side by 14 points last week and a few of us felt we didn’t ride very well,” Newman said.
“That says a lot about this team if that is the situation.
“It certainly bodes well for the season ahead.”
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While Newman himself has yet to hit the heights of 2016 on track, hindered by a late start to the season after an opening night crash that kept him out for the first six weeks of the campaign, the Witches keep performing well at home – and can get better, according to the Dorset-based rider.
“It’s been frustrating for me because apart from the injury, I just don’t seem to have got a momentum going with a run of meetings.
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“Even my guest booking with Scunthorpe on Sunday was rained off after I’d had one ride.
“That sort of sums it up for me right now.
“What I need is a run of meetings and when I do, I know things will get better.
“A good first ride, a good complete meeting is all I need. Yes, we are good at home, but we can get better.”
Paired with new signing Justin Sedgmen, Newman knows both riders have yet to bed in fully on-track at Foxhall.
He is looking forward to when both have settled in at home and start hammering in the points.
“Both me and Justin are not quite on it yet at Foxhall, we know that,” Newman said.
“But when we do get it going it is going to pay huge dividends for the club.
“We are very confident in ourselves.”
Edinburgh are the Championship league leaders and head to Foxhall with a decent away record, having – like the Witches – already won at Scunthorpe and Berwick.
“Sure, this is our biggest meeting of the season so far, but we want to be involved in bigger meetings as the year goes on and we get to the play-offs,” said Newman.
Both teams are set to be at full strength.