Witches thrashed as King pulls out of meeting with injury

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins, talks to Kevin Long

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins, talks to Kevin Long - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Premier League Somerset Rebels 61 Ipswich Witches 31

Ipswich Witches were left searching for their first Premier League point of the season after Somerset completed a quick-fire double over the Suffolk side.

Having won in Suffolk on Thursday night, the Rebels set about finishing the job with another win at the Oak Tree Arena – completing it comfortably.

The Witches were not helped by skipper Danny King crashing out of the meeting in heat five. Having won heat one, King fell on the back straight while trying to pass Charles Wright.

It was a heavy fall and King pulled out of the meeting with a shoulder injury.

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Led by former Witch Rohan Tungate, who flew to a 12-point maximum, the Rebels were ruthless in their pursuit of victory.

Team manager Ritchie Hawkins admitted: “Losing Danny knocked the stuffing out of us to be honest.

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“Danny is battered and bruised but he’s ok.

“We started aggressively, how I wanted them to start, but we fell apart after Danny pulled out, which is a bit understandable, but not acceptable.”

Asked whether any team changes were on the cards, Hawkins said: “I won’t be drawn on that.

“We’ve got a week or two off now and the KO Cup up next. But we are already out of the League Cup and bottom of the league, so the KO Cup is very important.”

Heat details

1 King, Grajczonek, Sarjeant, Allen 57.0 2-4

2 Castagna, Wilson-Dean, Wajtknect, Ritchings 58.2 5-7

3 Wright, Risager, Starke, Kerr 57.8 9-9

4 Tungate, Wajtknect, Covatti, Ritching 57.9 14-10

5 Wright, Starke, Sarjeant, King (Fx) 58.2 19-11

6 Grajczonek, Covatti, Allen, Castagna 57.8 23-13

7 Tungate, Risager*, Kerr, Wilson-Dean 57.5 26-18

8 Sarjeant, Allen, Wajtknect, Ritchings 58.9 29-21

9 Starke, Castagna, Wright, Covatti 58.1 33-23

10 Allen, Grajczonek, Kerr, Risager 58.8 38-24

11 Tungate, Wilson-Dean, Sarjeant, Castagna 59.2 43-25

12 Wright, Kerr, Castagna, Wajtknect 59.5 46-28

13 Tungate, Grajczonek, Covatti, Ritchings 58.7 51-29

14 Starke, Wilson-Dean, Risager, Castagna 58.8 56-30

15 Grajczonek, Starke, Risager, Sarjeant 58.8 61-31

*tac ride pts count double. Somerset 3pts. Ipswich 0


Somerset: J Grajczonek 12+2, J Allen 6, C Wright 10, P Starke, 11+2, R Tungate 12, B Wilson-Dean 6+2, Z Wajtknecht 4+3.

Ipswich: D King 3, J Sarjeant 6, L Kerr 3+1, M Risager 8, N. Covatti 4, P Castagna 7, D Ritchings 0.

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