Monarchs know what must be done against Ipswich

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Edinburgh Monarchs’ bid to win the Premier League speedway title for a fourth time this season now hinges on their final two play-off group matches against Ipswich Witches this week.

Monarchs need to overhaul group leaders Workington Comets who completed their programme by defeating Ipswich 50-40 at Derwent Park on Saturday. They have eight points from their four matches and a points difference of +4.

Monarchs are sitting on the +10 mark and must take a point from their away trip to Ipswich on Thursday in addition to collecting all three points at stake from the return at Armadale 24 hours later.

Monarchs director Mike Hunter said: “We are clear what our task is. We must take four points in total from the two Ipswich meetings and ensure we do not lose by more than five points on aggregate.

“Although Ipswich cannot qualify, they will certainly not make things easy for us. And we need to make sure we are at our best for what will be our two most important fixtures of the season.”

If Monarchs are to have any chance, then skipper Derek Sneddon and Claus Vissing need to quickly find their scoring touch. The pair only bagged four points each in Monarchs’ 52-38 win against Workington on Friday.

Craig Cook, who romped to another 15-point maximum, said: “It was always likely we would have to do something at Ipswich, but we need to improve our gating. It was poor against Workington. We need everybody scoring if we are to make the Grand Final.”