The tough ties keep on coming for the Rockets as the Witches head to Hoddesdon with two of speedway’s ‘Next Big Things’ leading the Suffolk charge – Richie Worrall and Gino Manzares

Richie Worrall, leads Ipswich at Rye House on Easter Sunday

Richie Worrall, leads Ipswich at Rye House on Easter Sunday - Credit: Picture: Stephen Waller

Bank Holiday weekend fixtures at Rye House are set for Sunday afternoon (2pm) slots in 2014, and the first of those dates is this Easter Sunday, when the Silver Ski Rockets take on local derby arch-rivals Ipswich in the League Cup.

The Witches are seen by many as one of the powerhouses of this season’s Premier League, and four straight wins ahead of the Easter period to kick off their campaign certainly supports that view.

Their settled look is just one of the reasons why. 5-time Australian Long and Dirt Track Champion Rohan Tungate, Testimonial man Morten Risager and 2012 Western Australia State Champion Cameron Heeps are all established names at Foxhall Heath, while 2011-12 Rocket Ritchie Hawkins and Adam Ellis are heading towards that description.

The other part of the equation is supplied by their two newbies. Seen by many as one of Britain’s Next Big Things, Richie Worrall has headed south from Newcastle to take on the No.1 position, while one of the United States’ Next Big Things, Gino Manzares fills the other new spot.

Rye House team manager John Sampford recognises the clear Witches’ threat as the Rockets look to rebound from consecutive home defeats. “They look an excellent side this year, and I anticipate another mega battle.

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“But that is the nature of the Premier League this season. The teams keep coming, and there are no weak sides. I know that some people will disagree with me here, but in my opinion the Premier is the toughest of the three leagues. It is the most competitive.

“From our side of the match, Jason Bunyan, Jason Garrity and Steve Boxall will all have had an extra week to recover from their current injuries, and Jason G is also due to take a new rolling chassis off Edward Kennett this week, which will help solve his current bike issues.

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“Like I’ve said, there are no easy matches in this League, but we’ve already taken something positive from holding the Witches to ten points around their place. Now it’s up to us to show what we are capable of around ours.”

Rye House: Luke Bowen, Steve Boxall, Jason Bunyan (captain), Jason Garrity, Edward Kennett, Simon Lambert, Mathieu Tresarrieu

Ipswich team: Ritchie Hawkins (captain), Adam Ellis, Cameron Heeps, Gino Manzares, Morten Risager, Rohan Tungate, Richie Worrall

Sunday’s main 15 heats will be followed by six more, as the Pocket Rockets – fresh from a battling draw at Long Eaton – collide with Stoke in the Midland Development League.

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