Witches set their play-off final dates
SPEEDWAY: Ipswich Witches will be looking to the future when a select side rides against a USA Touring Team at Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.30pm).
Skipper Daniel King is the only regular member of the Ipswich side in action in an 18-heat meeting where admission prices have been reduced to �14 for adults and �12 concessions with children �4.
The likes of Dennis Sigalos and John Cook were huge favourites at Foxhall in the Eighties and the new breed of Yanks will be looking to make an impression during the latest stage of their British tour.
Witches assets Joe Jacobs and Oliver Rayson get a rare Foxhall run out in a nine-man team event, while the Ipswich camp will also be keeping an eye of the visitors to see if there is any young talent on show.
“We’ll be taking an interest in riders from both sides,” said Ipswich director of speedway Chris Louis.
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“There are a number I’m interested in with next season in mind.
“This is a golden opportunity to evaluate some new names and see how they get on with the Foxhall circuit.”
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The touring team is strengthened by the addition of British-based Americans Ryan Fisher, Chris Kerr and Ricky Wells.
Ipswich will end their season with the home leg of the play-off promotion/relegation final against either Sheffield or Newcastle.
The two Premier League sides ride the semi-final at Owlerton tonight with the second leg at Newcastle on Sunday.
If Sheffield win the first leg of the final will be in Yorkshire on Thursday October 21, and if Newcastle triumph it will be at Brough Park on Sunday October 24.
The second leg will be at Foxhall on Thursday October 28.
The aggregate winners will compete in the Elite League next season with Louis saying: “We’d prefer Sheffield because of the Owlerton track.”
While Ipswich have finished bottom of the Elite League a club with a much reduced fan base has marched on to the final of the Knock-Out Cup.
Eastbourne became the first side to win at Wolverhampton for two years in the second leg of the semi-final. They won 46-44 and 109 73 on aggregate.
Wolves beat Ipswich in the preliminary round back in April. The Eagles, who struggle to attract 1,000 fans and are unable to run regularly on their favoured Saturday nights because of the Grand Prix, now face Poole or Peterborough in the final.
Foxhall Select: D King, T Poole, R Hawkins, L Bjerre, J Sedgeman, J Jacobs, O Rayson, R Sauer, T Perry.
USA Touring Team: R Fisher, T Burmeister, E Castro, R Wells, C Kerr, B Starks, S McConnell, M Buman, J Marquez.