Witches to impress against Swindon

IPSWICH Evening Witches will be hoping to show a television audience exactly what they are all about tonight.And they will be hoping the Foxhall fans turn out in force as Sky make a rare appearance at the Suffolk track.

Mike Bacon

IPSWICH Evening Witches will be hoping to show a television audience exactly what they are all about tonight.

And they will be hoping the Foxhall fans turn out in force as Sky make a rare appearance at the Suffolk track.

A disappointing 10 days has seen the Suffolk side bombed out of the Craven Shield and knocked out of the KO Cup, all after a promising start to the season.


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But tonight the Evening Star Witches have the chance to show the speedway world why the bookies have slashed their odds for Elite League success considerably since the season's start.

Indeed the Witches are now fourth favourites for the Elite League title among some bookies, quite an upsurge from second bottom no-hopers six weeks ago.

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Much of that is down to the form of Piotr Swiderski, who has proved a revelation in the No.2 position.

The Peterborough loanee has been in outstanding form for the home side and it will be a shame if the Witches don't take advantage of his good form and get their home Elite League season off to a flying start.

The Elite League is the big competition for the Witches, who have only ever made the play-off semi-finals once, in 2004, when they lost out to Wolves in an exciting clash at Monmore Green.

Before and since however the Elite League has eluded the Witches, who will want to see off a Swindon team tonight, who are backed by very few in the know.

Looking incredibly top-heavy and led by Leigh Adams, the Robins have at least kept their home form going and have already got Elite League points on the board, which is more than be said for the Witches.

But after Adams, it appears a very long tail in the Wiltshire side.

With no bonus points at stake in the Elite League this season, it is just two points for a home win and three for an away one, Ipswich will want, and expect, to get over the finish line against the Robins.

Adams remains captain and No.1 for the visitors. The Australian star was beaten only twice in ten Foxhall races for Swindon in 2007 and his last visit saw him cruise to a 15-point maximum.

Chris Schramm faces a late fitness test on his fractured foot, with Jason King standing by, while Joel Parson replaces Cory Gathercole in the Robins' reserve berth.

Tonight's teams

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

Swindon: L Adams, J Wright, T Batchelor, M Koneliussen, T McGowan, J Parsons, S Alden.

(N) BLOB: Ipswich v Swindon, Live on Sky Sports 2, 7.30pm

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