Walking the walk, Anders the star and fans return.... 5 things we learned about Ipswich Witches last night

Jason Crump waves to fans as he celebrates the Witches victory with team-mate Drew Kemp.

Jason Crump waves to fans as he celebrates the Witches victory with team-mate Drew Kemp. - Credit: Steve Waller-www.stephenwaller.c

Ipswich Witches got their season off to a perfect start with a 43-47 win at King's Lynn at the Adrian Flux Arena last night. MIKE BACON takes a look at some of the talking points.

Heat 15 action as (from the left) Craig Cook, Danny King, Erik Riss and Jason Crump race from the ta

Heat 15 action as (from the left) Craig Cook, Danny King, Erik Riss and Jason Crump race from the tapes. - Credit: Steve Waller-www.stephenwaller.c

WALK THE WALK

There had been plenty of 'trash talk' between both sets of teams before last night's big clash.

The first meeting of 2021, everyone wanted the early bragging rights. But there is no doubt which team won those. The Witches were simply too hot from the off and although Lynn staged a mini revival at the end, it was too late.

The Witches will feel slightly disappointed they didn't get all four points (for a win of seven or more), because they really should have done so. But you can't complain about an opening night away victory.

Anders Rowe takes the chequered flag to win heat four.

Anders Rowe takes the chequered flag to win heat four. - Credit: Steve Waller-www.stephenwaller.c

WOW ROWE!

Few people at Foxhall have ever seen young Anders Rowe ride - while the Ipswich fans who made the trip to Norfolk now have - and what an impression he made.

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The 18-year-old was sensational from the off, attacking the greasy track with gusto and providing the platform for his team-mates to shine.

Speedway fans back in the stands, at the Adrian Flux Arena

Speedway fans back in the stands, at the Adrian Flux Arena - Credit: Steve Waller -www.stephenwaller.com

FANS BACK

Speedway fans are back!

There were long queues to get into Lynn last night and it was wonderful to hear the crowd roar - admittedly mostly Witches fans - when they enjoyed the racing.

The protocols were all in place last night at Lynn and there was no rushing to get the meeting on - due processes were strictly adhered to.

Danny King (white helmet), slides into fallen team-mate Jason Crump in heat

Danny King (white helmet), slides into fallen team-mate Jason Crump in heat 15. They both got up ok and the Witches had already won by then - Credit: Steve Waller-www.stephenwaller.c

THE BOSS

Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins reflected on victory in Norfolk.

“It’s a superb start to get an away win straight away," he said.

"We started off amazingly and it showed that the boys have prepared well throughout the winter and they got their rewards for that straight away.

"It would have been nice to get all four points, but I'm not complaining with an away win."

Witches riders take a look at the track ahead of the meeting.

Witches riders take a look at the track ahead of the meeting at Lynn. On Thursday, it's Belle Vue in town. - Credit: Steve Waller -www.stephenwaller.com

UP NEXT

It's Belle Vue at Foxhall on Thursday night. The Aces started with a win over Sheffield Tigers last night and have a powerful look about them.

The Witches will want to hit the ground running just as they did in Norfolk. Do so, and it would be a great start to the season for them.


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