Witches face a stern northern test

IPSWICH Witches, weather permitting, face two very stern meetings in the space of 48 hours.

The Suffolk side visit Workington Comets tomorrow night, followed by a trip further north into Scotland to tackle league leaders Glasgow Tigers, 24 hours later.

Both the Comets and Tigers are unbeaten at home and flying high in the Premier League, and if the Witches were to claim just a point against either team, it would be a fantastic effort by the Foxhall side.

The visitors from Suffolk will be without Lasse Bjerre for both meetings as he continues to recover from his horror crash at Leicester last week.

The Witches have already met Workington earlier in the season and did very well thrashing them 63-27. But there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, with the Suffolk side’s injury crisis hitting them hard.


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“Going into these next three meetings without Lasse is a major blow but stranger things have happened with some odd results this year,” Witches boss Pete Simmons said.

“So these teams have to be beaten at home sometime. Let’s hope we pull off a shock result or two!”

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Workington are led by former Belle Vue star James Wright, who is enjoying a good season.

So too is Peter Kildemand, but he suffered a shoulder injury and is still a couple of weeks away from returning.

But it is still a powerful Workington outfit who are sure to be targeting all three points tomorrow, aided by flying reserve Kenny Inglas – the popular American who has been putting in some big scores in recent weeks.

The Witches will be hoping Mat Tresarrieu can put his Long Track advantage to good use on the massive Derwent Bowl. But it will take a herculean effort from him and the rest of the Witches to get much from this meeting.

Teams

Workington: 1 J Wright, 2 R/R, 3 R Lawson, 4 R Harrison, 5 T Topinka, 6 G Irving, 7 K Inglas.

Ipswich: 1 K Doolan, 2 R/R, 3 S Tresarrieu, 4 M Risager, 5 T Poole, 6 J Hart, 7 C Mills.

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