Zibi missing for Witches
IPSWICH Witches will be without Zibi Suchecki when they attempt to end a five-meeting losing run at Foxhall Stadium tonight. The 23-year-old Pole is taking part in an official fixture in his home country, and Ipswich will use the rider replacement facility to cover for him in the Elite League against Wolverhampton.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Witches will be without Zibi Suchecki when they attempt to end a five-meeting losing run at Foxhall Stadium tonight.
The 23-year-old Pole is taking part in an official fixture in his home country, and Ipswich will use the rider replacement facility to cover for him in the Elite League against Wolverhampton.
Suchecki is riding for Zielona Gora in a Polish League Pairs Championship meeting, and in his absence his rides will be taken by Kim Jansson and reserves Marcin Rempala and Tobi Kroner.
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In a meeting sponsored by Anglian Willhire, the Witches will be looking to get back to winning ways after successive defeats at Swindon, Reading, Peterborough and Belle Vue plus a home reverse against Coventry a fortnight ago.
Promoter John Louis is hoping skipper Chris Louis can continue the form he showed at Belle Vue on Monday.
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"Chris was flying," said Louis senior.
"He was battling away and passing the likes of Simon Stead and Joe Screen and then leaving them in his wake.
"I never count my chickens, but we need a win against Wolves and I am hopeful we can raise our game and put on a good entertaining show."
Ipswich beat Wolves 49-43 in the A fixture at Foxhall earlier in the season, but on that occasion the Midlands side did not have unwell star rider Peter Karlsson in their ranks.
Swedish captain Karlsson is programmed to ride tonight and the Wolves also include 1996 world champion Billy Hamill plus current British number two David Howe.
Karlsson and Howe are partnered at one and two and on Howe's last visit to Suffolk he rocketed to 16 points, while notching 15 when guesting for Ipswich on an earlier 2007 Foxhall meeting. Swede Fredrik Lindgren also has to be watched having been paid for 15 points on his last Foxhall appearance.
Young Scot William Lawson lines up at number seven, but with Theo Pijper's replacement Keneth Hansen injured in Poland at the weekend, Wolves have still to confirm their number six.
Tonight's line-ups (start 7.30pm)
Ipswich: JP Jensen, K Jansson, C Louis, Rider replacement for Z Suchecki, R Miskowiak, M Rempala, T Kroner.
Wolves: P Karlsson, D Howe, B Hamill, M Karlsson, F Lindgren, AN Other, W Lawson.
CHILDREN, 15 and under, will be allowed into Foxhall free during the summer school holidays if accompanied by a paying adult and on production of special coupons that are being published in the Ipswich Evening Star - with the paper on sale outside the stadium.