The Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches will open the 2016 campaign on Thursday as they take on the Scunthorpe Scorpions at Foxhall in the League Cup.

It is a much changed Witches line-up this season with five new additions to the team. Captain Danny King and Nico Covatti remain from 2015 and are joined by Lewis Kerr, James Sarjeant, Morten Risager, Paco Castagna and Darryl Ritchings.

The visitors are led by Josh Auty who suffered an injury disrupted 2015 and he is joined by Alex Davies and Ryan Douglas, who were both with the Scorpions in 2015. Zdenek Holub starts 2016 with the Scorpions having impressed as a late signing last campaign and Nicolai Klindt was a big winter signing for the club albeit on a temporary basis. At reserve they have a trump card in Carl Wilkinson, an experienced Premier League rider and he is joined by Josh Bailey.

The Witches have been drawn in a League Cup group with Peterborough, Scunthorpe and Sheffield. Each side will race each other home and away with the side finishing top racing another group winner in a semi-final over two legs.

Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches: 1. Danny King (c) 9.54 2. James Sarjeant 5.00 3. Lewis Kerr 7.03 4. Morten Risager 6.86 5. Nico Covatti 7.55 6. Paco Castagna 3.33 7. Darryl Ritchings 3.00

Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins

‘Henderson Insurance’ Scunthorpe Scorpions: 1. Josh Auty 8.00 2. Nicolai Klindt 5.89 3. Alex Davies 6.26 4. Zdenek Holub 7.00 5. Ryan Douglas 6.68 6. Carl Wilkinson 5.33 7. Josh Bailey 3.00

Team Manager: Dave Peet