Monarchs aiming for some Suffolk punch at Ipswich

Justin Sedgmen is in form for Monarchs. Picture: Ron MacNeill

Justin Sedgmen is in form for Monarchs. Picture: Ron MacNeill

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Ipswich Witches have hit from just in time for the visit of Edinburgh Monarchs tonight.

A big home win against Rye House Rockets and an away triumph against Berwick Bandits in the last seven days have bolstered their bid to qualify for the end-of-season speedway play-offs.

So injury-hit Edinburgh Monarchs, who visit Foxhall Heath for a Premier League clash, may have to be on their guard against a side who have given their team manager Phil Hilton something to smile about of late.

“It was a very good win we pulled off at Berwick which lifted us into sixth place in the table. Danny (King) rode brilliantly to score a 15 point maximum and Rohan (Tungate) also rode very well. But it is important that we now carry this form into our match against Edinburgh who have a pretty good record at our track.”

Monarchs, who will be without Sam Masters and Rob Branford through injury, are in need of a bit of a contest having racked up 60 points and more against their last three opponents at Armadale.

Friday’s 60-31 win against Sheffield Tigers was something of a triumph for Justin Sedgmen who is back riding at his favoured No. 2 position and was unbeaten against the Yorkshire outfit, the third occasion this season Sedgmen has gone through the card without losing.

Said Sedgmen: “I felt really good and I was making starts and felt really quick. We thought we’d get a tougher match against Sheffield, and while they did show some flashes of what they could do, we dominated them.

“Teams don’t like coming to Armadale because they know they will get a hard time, and from our perspective, that feels good. However, Ipswich will be a tough gig for us but we are pretty confident we can come away with something from the match.”

With Branford sidelined the focus has fallen on his tail-end partner Max Clegg who could prove to be a key performer with a busy spell of meetings coming up. Clegg rose to the challenge against Sheffield romping to ten points, his best return in the Premier League so far in 2015.

Clegg said: “It’s always good to win races but to do it in the Premier League is extra special. However, the night wasn’t altogether ideal. I crashed in one of my races and damaged my bike which I’ve had to fork out to get fixed. Some people thought I wasn’t even at fault for the collision.”

Monarchs head the championship on points difference from Peterborough.