Tough for Witches tonight

IPSWICH Witches know they will need to produce quite a performance to get anything out of tonight's clash with Swindon in Wiltshire.The Robins narrowly lost by two points at Foxhall last week and that means the visitors don't really have much chance of challenging for the bonus point against a side who have put the Suffolk side to the sword at Blunsdon over the years.

IPSWICH Witches know they will need to produce quite a performance to get anything out of tonight's clash with Swindon in Wiltshire.

The Robins narrowly lost by two points at Foxhall last week and that means the visitors don't really have much chance of challenging for the bonus point against a side who have put the Suffolk side to the sword at Blunsdon over the years.

The large home circuit is in contrast to the tight Foxhall strip, and Ipswich don't have too many happy memories of the circuit of late.

However Swindon boss Alun Rossiter left Foxhall Stadium disappointed with his side's narrow defeat, but impressed, with the Witches solidity seven days ago.


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“Prior to last week's away trip to face the Witches, the Suffolk side was something of an unknown quantity since we hadn't previously faced them this season,” Rossiter said.

“They have got some very good performers in their ranks and I'm sure that Zbigniew Suchecki will enjoy exploring the wide-open spaces of our circuit. He certainly impressed me last week and, with a solid look about the Ipswich team in general, we will need to again be right on-song to get the result we all want.”

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While the Witches are at full strength, Swindon are still beset with injuries, including one to Sebastian Ulamek, who damaged his hand at Foxhall.

With Mads Korneliussen also out, Swindon will operate the rider replacement facility for Ulamek, meaning Leigh Adams can have an extra ride, while Poole's Edward Kennett guests in place of the popular Dane Korneliussen.

Kennett had been scheduled to appear for the Robins in Sunday's home league match against Peterborough, but a heavy downpour put paid to the fixture and Rossiter was quick to re-engage the services of the British Under-21 Champion.

Incredibly the Witches have won 16 times at Swindon since the two teams first clashed back in 1952, although many of them were when John Louis was riding, not team-managing.

But with 47 defeats and no wins in recent seasons, it would be a brave man who would see anything other than three points for the Robins.

Swindon: 1 Leigh Adams (Captain, 10.02); 2 Edward Kennett (Guest, 6.62); 3 Seba Ulamek R/R (8.14); 4 Tomasz Chrzanowski (7.01); 5 Lee Richardson (7.81); 6 Andrew Moore (3.82); 7 Charlie Gjedde (6.05). Team manager: Alun Rossiter.

Ipswich: 1 Jesper B. Jensen (8.45); 2 Kim Jansson (5.42); 3 Chris Louis (Captain, 7.31); 4 Zbigniew Suchecki (4.62); 5 Robert Miskowiak (6.97); 6 Marcin Rempala (3.11); 7 Tobias Kroner (3.17). Team manager: John Louis.

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