The ‘Tru7.com’ Witches take the long trip to Redcar on Friday to face the Bears in another crucial Premier League fixture (7.30pm).

The Witches sit just outside the play-off spots at present and are breathing down the necks of Peterborough and Sheffield who occupy the final two play-off spots up for grabs. The Witches’ form at Foxhall has been in no doubt but it is now imperative the Suffolk side show that form on the road as nothing less than a win will do for Ritchie Hawkins’ side.

The Witches will be without Nico Covatti for the meeting who is in action in the Italian Championship. Ipswich asset Kevin Doolan who rides for Berwick comes in for the Italian at number three.

The Bears have endured a tough season battling at the bottom end of the table and are out of the play-off picture with just pride to race for. Former Witch Lasse Bjerre rides at five for the Bears who are led by David Bellego. The Witches have a good record at Redcar losing just one of their last five meetings and they will need to be at their best again on Friday to take the win and perhaps push themselves into the play-off places should results go their way on the night.

Team Manager Ritchie Hawkins says all the pressure is on his side to deliver a result to keep their season alive.

We need the win and the pressure is all on us, our season depends on a win tomorrow,” said Hawkins. “We need a four point win but to start with we’ve got to go there and just get the win and then hopefully it will be by as big a margin as possible.”

Hawkins says the loss of Covatti is a blow but insists it is not something to worry about going into the meeting.

“It’s possible to get the win and we’ve all got the form to do it at the moment. It’s a loss being without Nico but we need to cover that and there is no time to worry about it. We need a result whatever, so we can’t think about anything like that. We’ve got to go there and do our jobs.”


Redcar ‘SG Petch’ Bears:

1. David Bellego (c) 8.04

2. Tobias Busch 5.64

3. Hugh Skidmore 6.68

4. Jonas B Andersen 6.68

5. Lasse Bjerre 6.90

6. Tye Etheridge 5.00

7. Lee Payne 3.08

Team Manager: Jitendra Duffill

Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches:

1. Danny King (c) 9.38

2. James Sarjeant 5.45

3. Kevin Doolan (g) 6.92

4. Morten Risager 6.88

5. Ben Barker 7.56

6. Joe Jacobs 4.78

7. Danyon Hume 3.00

Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

Premier League table

Team   Pl     Pts  
Somerset 22 60
Glasgow 22 49
Newcastle 19 41
Edinburgh 21 41
Sheffield 22 37
Peterborough 21 35
Witches 21 33
Workington 19 29
Berwick 23 26
Plymouth 22 22
Scunthorpe 19 21
Redcar 21 21
Rye House 18 20

Last five results at Redcar:

28.05.15 W46-44

22.05.14 W50-40

04.07.13 L45-47

05.07.12 W47-43

29.04.11 D45-45

Redcar Bears Factfile

Main Sponsor: SG Petch

Team Colours: Red, White, Grey and Black

Race-Night: Thursday (7.30pm)

Website: www.redcarbears.co

Track Length: 271 metres

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

Admission Prices

Adults: £16

Concessions: £12

Children (Under 15): £4

Programme: £2

Grandstand: £1 extra

Stadium Address

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

Telephone: 07889 886389

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.