Witches are out to put record straight

IF there is a meeting the Evening Star Witches would like to win more than any other season, then this surely is it.Swindon Robins roll into Foxhall tonight, having already tasted victory against the Witches earlier in the year on the heath, in a meeting full of controversy.

Mike Bacon

IF there is a meeting the Evening Star Witches would like to win more than any other season, then this surely is it.

Swindon Robins roll into Foxhall tonight, having already tasted victory against the Witches earlier in the year on the heath, in a meeting full of controversy.

The Robins match-winner that night, helping them come from 10 points adrift, Joel Parsons became, and still is, the subject of appeals and counter-appeals by the Witches that he should not have been allowed to ride because his average was too high.


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So far the Suffolk side have lost one of those appeals against Parsons' contribution that night. But they may take that decision further.

So if it's revenge you want, then pull on a Witches body colour tonight.

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“I think we would like to put the record straight, rather than worry about revenge,” Witches team manager Pete Simmons said.

“It's another must-win meeting, as all our home meetings from now until the end of the season are.

“The last time we rode Swindon we were 10 ahead, but we got gradually worse as the meeting wore on. Everyone knows about how we feel about Parsons' contribution that day.

“So as I say, I just want us to put the record straight, simple as that.”

Tonight's meeting is the start of a hectic period for the Witches, who have spent most of the last month scratching round for a meeting, but now have four in a week.

After tonight's Sky-televised clash with the Robins, the Witches travel to Wiltshire for the return clash on Thursday, before travelling to Lakeside on Friday. A week today they are at Wolves.

Throughout this busy period the Witches are currently banking on the rider replacement facility which has begun to look a bit frail of late.

“Rider replacement is where we are at right now,” Simmons added.

“But we have our ear to the ground regarding other riders' movement, but nothing is happening at the moment.”

Victory tonight against a Swindon side that include the superb Leigh Adams would be a great start to a hectic week and would move the Witches up a notch in the Elite League table.

Tonight's teams

Ipswich: 1 P Swiderski, 2 R/R, 3 J Hampel, 4 S Johnston, 5 R Miskowiak, 6 T Kroner and 7 C Schramm.

Swindon: 1 L Adams, 2 T McGowan, 3 M Korneilussen, 4 J Wright, 5 T Batchelor, 6 M Hauzinger, 7 TBC.

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