Diamonds Take The Win At Foxhall

Fri 12th Jun 2015

The Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches had no answer to the fast gating Newcastle Diamonds at Foxhall on Thursday night losing the meeting 43-49.

Already missing Cameron Heeps with a wrist injury Ipswich were also without Danny King & Gino Manzares who were both riding in the Speedway World Cup raceoff at Vojens in Denmark.

Craig Cook was drafted in as a guest for Danny and as the current track record holder at Foxhall was expected to score his usual double figures but he only managed six points... With both Ipswich reserves looking down on power this left team manager Phil Hilton with few options to cover for any riders that were not performing as expected.

The only Ipswich rider who performed consistently and with any passion was as ever Nico Covatto who top scored on 13+2 points. Ludvig Lindgren was top Diamond on 14 points.

Ipswich Team Manager, Phil Hilton, was not a happy man after the meeting: "Four heat wins out of fifteen on our home track tells the story of the meeting and it was simply NOT good enough!.

"Newcastle were quicker out of the gates all night & we struggled to stay with them and to be honest I'm surprised we only lost by six points.

"Nico Covatti again put on a good show and was our only rider who showed anything like his true form.

"I would like to apologise to the fans for the poor display we put on tonight.. This type of performance can't carry on and we need to be winning more meetings, especially at home.

"If it means chamges of personnel then this must be considered. We will be looking for a HUGE improvement tomorrow at Peterborough!"

Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches 43

Nico Covatti 13+2, Rohan Tungate 11, Leigh Lanham 7+1, Craig Cook 6+1, Stefan Nielsen 4+1, Ritchie Hawkins 2+1

Newcastle 'Sapphire Engineering' Diamonds 49

Lewis Kerr 14, Steve Worrall 9, Anton Rosen 7+1, Ludvig Lindgren 7, Simon Nielsen 6+1, Lewis Rose 6+1

Premier League points: Ipswich 0 Newcastle 3

Lineups for Peterborough on Friday night:

Peterborough Panthers

1.Brady Kurtz (Guest for Olly Allen), 2. Robert Lambert, 3. Mates Kus (guest for Lewis Blackbird), 4. Michael Palm Toft, 5. Ulrich Ostergaard (C), 6. Oliver Greenwood, 7. Simon Lambert

Team Managers: Carl Johnson & Dale Allitt

Ipswich 'Sackers' Witches

1. Danny King, 2. Gino Manzares, 3. Nico Covatti, 4. R/R, 5. Rohan Tungate, 6. Stefan Nielsen, 7. Ritchie Hawkins (C)

Foxhall Rd, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5TL 01473 623640