Ipswich Witches 60-34 Berwick Bandits

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Berwick suffered a heavy defeat when when they went down to Ipswich at Foxhall on Thursday.

And afterwards, promoter and team manager John Anderson admitted it was a defeat which hurt, claiming the performance was not up to the standard set by the team on the majority of their travels so far this season.

Claus Vissing, who went on to top score for the Bandits, fell twice in heat one, but won the re-run.

A 5-1 from the home side in heat two gave them the initial breakthrough. Steen Jensen won in three, and heat three was shared, but Morten Risager shot round the outside of Vissing on bend two in heat five, then the last placed Hawkins took David Bellego with ease on bend four, before passing Vissing on the final lap for a surprise home 5-1.

Another 5-1 from Adam Ellis and Richie Worrall in six saw the Witches go 24-12 in front, which meant Jensen was nominated as a double-pointed tactical ride in seven, when he finished second behind Rohan Tungate.

Ipswich were now getting into the groove, and they went on to produce the next five race winners, taking four heat advantages in the process (two 5-1s and two 4-2s), and at 49-27 after heat 12 the visitors knew they were well beaten.

Vissing flew from the gate to win in 13, but it was Ipswich who were on a roll, and teo 4-2s in the final two races, with Cameron Heeps and Morten Risager taking the chequered flag, meant The Borderers were left deflated.

Anderson said afterwards: “We’d expected more to be honest, but that said, Ipswich are a good side round Foxhall and really only Claus Vissing and Steen Jensen could get to grips with them.”

Ipswich Witches: Worrall 9+2, Manzares – Rider rep, Risager 13+1, Hawkins 8+1, Tungate 13+1,Heeps 9+2, Ellis 8+1.

Berwick Bandits: Vissing 11, Bellego 2+1, Jensen 11, Wethers 0, Doolan 4+1, Carr 0, Kus 6.