Tapes up at Foxhall and Rye House and Lanham provide test

THE tapes go up at Foxhall Stadium tonight (7.30pm), with Witches fans hoping their 2012 team can lift more silverware after a successful debut in the Premier League last season.

THE tapes go up at Foxhall Stadium tonight (7.30pm), with Witches fans hoping their 2012 team can lift more silverware after a successful debut in the Premier League last season.

The new team was paraded before a packed audience at Kesgrave Social Club last night, with the racing order confirmed by team manager Pete Simmons.

Tonight the talking stops however, as the ‘Sackers’ Witches entertain Rye House in a Challenge fixture.

Once again Kevin Doolan will lead the side at No.1 but, after his successful partnership with Taylor Poole last season, it’s Dakota North who partners up with Doolan this time round.


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Poole moves to No.3, Morten Risager stays at four, while Mat Tresarrieu rides at five, with Cameron Heeps at six and Rohan Tungate at seven.

Tonight promises to be quite a test for the Witches. Rye House are no mean side on paper and have been boosted by the recent inclusion of Ipswich-based Leigh Lanham, who has taken Aussie Tyson Nelson’s place, as he awaits paperwork approval before racing in the UK this year.

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Indeed Rye House boss John Sampford believes the Anglian Cup clashes will give a good indication of their prospects for 2012.

He said: “A number of people are rating Ipswich as championship contenders – and they do have a very strong look about them – so the two matches will be a good test of our own potential.”

Tonight’s meeting starts at 7.30pm. Next Thursday, Foxhall Stadium stages the Star of Anglia, with the field to be announced shortly but likely to include all the Witches.

Ipswich: K Doolan 7.19, D North 5.83, T Poole 6.90, M Risager 6.36, M Tresarrieu 6.87, C Heeps 3.00, R Tungate 5.00

Team manager: Pete Simmons

Rye House: C Neath 8.61, R Hawkins 5.18, L Lanham 7.53, L Bowen 5.03, J Frampton 7.71, J Garrity 3.48, J Bunyan 4.74.

Team manager: John Sampford

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