Witches' manager wants memorable start

NEW Ipswich Evening Star Witches team manager Pete Simmons wants to make a memorable home start to his reign with a big win over King's Lynn at Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.

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NEW Ipswich Evening Star Witches team manager Pete Simmons wants to make a memorable home start to his reign with a big win over King's Lynn at Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.30pm).

“I don't want to treat the meeting as just a chance to blow away the cobwebs,” said Simmons. “I want us to win well in front of our fans.

“Over the last couple of seasons the atmosphere at Foxhall hasn't been that great. There hasn't been much talking and I aim to help change that.”


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Simmons expects Premier League Lynn to give the Witches a good test, and the visitors will be boosted by the use of twice world champion Jason Crump as a guest.

In his last four visits to Foxhall the Australian has dropped just three points, but former world under-21 champion Robert Miskowiak is eager to race the Belle Vue rider again.

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The Pole, who beat Crump twice at Foxhall last season, said: “I finished last season well and want that to continue.

“I beat Jason twice yes, and I know he was a bit upset the second time. But that's his problem.”

It will be track record holder Jarek Hampel's first Foxhall meeting after five seasons away from the Elite League. Piotr Swiderski will be making his home Ipswich debut.

Former Witches' riders Shaun Tacey and Tomas Topinka are in the Lynn side with the latter an ever-present for the Stars last season as they won the Premier League Knockout Cup and the Premier Trophy. They also finished top of the Premier League but were defeated in the semi-final of the play-offs by Sheffield.

Tonight's line-ups

Ipswich: R Miskowiak, P Swiderski, C Louis, S Johnston, J Hampel, T Kroner, C Schramm.

King's Lynn: J Crump, S Tacey, T Topinka, R Harrison, K Doolan, J Oliver, K Smith.

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