The ‘’ Witches continue their busy week with a trip to face the Redcar Bears on Thursday in the Championship (7.30pm).

The Witches were in action twice over the Easter weekend facing local rivals Peterborough Panthers home and away and coming away with four points from the two meetings after a convincing home win and a narrow away defeat at the East of England Showground.

It’s the same seven for the Witches with James Sarjeant continuing in place of the injured Kyle Newman and as usual the reserves continue to swap positions on a meeting by meeting basis.

The Bears have had a complete shake up in the winter with only Jonas B Andersen and Tobias Busch remaining from last season. The always exciting Jason Garrity leads the new side and is joined by a member of the 2016 Witches side in Ben Barker, who will be keen to prove a point. Charles Wright, a title winner with Somerset last year is at number three. Coty Garcia stands in for the injured Tobias Busch at number two and Richard Hall and Ellis Perks complete the side.

The Bears got their Championship campaign underway on Monday with an away win at Scunthorpe but suffered an early Knockout Cup exit losing to Peterborough both home and away. It’s a venue that the Witches have fared well on in recent times winning the last three meetings at the Media Prima Arena.

Team Manager Ritchie Hawkins says the team head north full of confidence and with room for improvement.

“We’ve got back to back meetings with Redcar now and they look a decent side,” said Hawkins. “We go there in good spirits and there is massive improvement in us and if we ride like we did at Peterborough then we can get a result there.

The boss says the Bears will provide a stern test as the Witches look to accumulate more Championship points on the road.

“They’ve got an exciting line-up with Ben and Jason leading the way and you can look at their team and know you’re going to get a good hard meeting. We will have to be on top of our game, this league is very strong and every meeting we need to be there fighting but we are looking to win at home and away this season.”

Words: Henry Chard


Redcar ‘SG Petch’ Bears:

1. Jason Garrity (c) 8.55

2. Coty Garcia 4.26

3. Charles Wright 6.59

4. Jonas B Andersen 6.30

5. Ben Barker 7.91

6. Richard Hall 3.53

7. Ellis Perks 2.68

Team Manager: Jade Mudgway


Ipswich ‘’ Witches:

1. Danny King (c) 9.57

2. James Sarjeant 5.66

3. Nico Covatti 7.49

4. Cameron Heeps 5.07

5. Rory Schlein 7.17

6. Connor Mountain 2.00

7. Danyon Hume 2.00

Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins


Referee: P. Clarke

Parade: Thursday, 7.30pm

Venue: Media Prima Arena, TS6 6XH


Championship Table

Team Pl Pts
Glasgow 4 10
Edinburgh 3 9
Peterborough 4 9
Witches   4 7
Sheffield 4 6
Workington 2 6
Scunthorpe 7 4
Newcastle 2 3
Redcar 1 3
Berwick 5 0


Last five results at Redcar:

09.09.16 W53-37

28.05.15 W46-44

22.05.14 W50-40

04.07.13 L45-47

05.07.12 W47-43


Redcar Bears Factfile

Main Sponsor: SG Petch

Team Colours: Red, White and Blue

Race-Night: Thursday (7.30pm)


Track Length: 271 metres

Track Record: 52.2 seconds, Chris Harris (October 22, 2009)

Admission Prices

Adults: £16

Concessions (OAP & Students): £12

15 and under: £4

Stadium Address

Media Prima Arena, Dormer Way, South Bank Road, Middlesbrough, TS6 6XH

Telephone: 01642 040302

By Train: Middlesbrough is the nearest mainline station. There is a station at South Bank (four minutes ride from Middlesbrough, seven minutes from Redcar) but trains are infrequent.