‘We worked hard for that’: Witches boss
Redcar Bears 43 Ipswich Witches 47
IPSWICH Witches young Aussie stars Rohan Tungate and Dakota North were the heroes of the hour as the ‘Sackers’ Witches made it three away wins in seven days.
Tungate and North, who was riding with a broken toe, held their nerve to share the spoils in a last-heat decider to pick up three valuable Premier League points for the Witches with a battling display at Redcar last night.
“We worked hard for that,” Ipswich boss Pete Simmons said.
“We had a couple of bits of fortune when Justin Sedgmen packed up in heat 12 and then Ulrich Ostergaard had to borrow a bike for the last-heat decider.
“But I’m very happy and I know Chris Louis, who is here helping Cameron (Heeps), is too.
“It’s been a great week and our season is seriously back on track. Mat Tresarrieu was excellent at reserve and what a great bounce back from Dakota North.
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“The boys knew we just needed a second place in the final race and they went and did it.”
Ipswich led throughout after Leigh Lanham and Tungate gated to a first race 5-1, but with Kevin Doolan and Morten Risager off the pace most of the night, the Witches couldn’t get away.
Tungate was involved in everything positive about the Witches and when he and Tresarrieu got a heat eight maximum, the Suffolk side nudged ahead again after being pegged back to 21-all.
Sedgmen’s engine failure in heat 12 put Ipswich in the driving seat and after North and Tresarrieu split the Bears’ pairings in heats 13 and 14, it was left to the two Aussies, North and Tungate to sew the meeting up.
The Witches will hope to continue this fine run of form at home to Scunthorpe on Wednesday night at Foxhall, not the normal Thursday night.
STATS AND FACTS FROM REDCAR
Redcar: U Ostergaard 10, M Rajkowski 0, J Sedgmen 5, A Summers 8+1, M Kus 12, C Wilkinson 7+1, M Dilger 1+1
Ipswich: L Lanham 4+2, R Tungate 13, K Doolan 6, M Risager 2+1, D North 10+1, M Tresarrieu 11+4, C Heeps 1
1 Tungate, Lanham, Ostergaard, Rajkowski 54.5 1-5
2 Tresarrieu, Wilkinson, Heeps, Dilger 54.9 3-9
3 Sedgmen, Summers, Risager, Doolan 54.5 8-10
4 North, Kus, Dilger, Heeps 55.4 11-13
5 Tungate, Sedgmen, Lanham, Summers 54.4 13-17
6 Ostergaard, North, Tresarrieu, Rajkowski 54.5 16-20
7 Kus, Wilkinson, Doolan, Risager 54.3 21-21
8 Tungate, Tresarrieu, Wilkinson, Dilger 55.6 22-26
9 Summers, North, Tresarrieu, Sedgmen 55.6 25-29
10 Ostergaard, Doolan, Risager, Rajkowski 55.6 28-32
11 Kus, Tungate, Lanham, Wilkinson 54.9 31-36
12 Doolan, Tresarrieu, Wilkinson, Sedgmen (ef) 56.1 32-40
13 Ostergaard, North, Kus, Lanham 55.9 36-42
14 Summers, Tresarrieu, Wilkinson, Heeps 55.6 40-44
15 Kus, Tungate, North, Ostergaard 55.3 43-47
Redcar 0pts. Ipswich 3pts.