The ‘Tru Plant’ Witches host the Scunthorpe Scorpions at Foxhall on Thursday in the Championship, Kids go free to this meeting and fans can meet Mark Riss up by the turnstiles from 6.45-7.10pm.
With just four league meetings remaining, the need to win gets greater with every week for the home team as they look to book their spot in the top four. Last week the play-offs looked like a distant dream for the Witches after their second home defeat of the season to league leaders Peterborough. However, the team re-grouped and went to Scunthorpe and put in one of the performances of the season in the division to thrash the Scorpions 59-30 at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
Those four league points put the home side right back into play-off contention but they know that they must win all of their remaining meetings at Foxhall and pick up points at Glasgow next Tuesday to give them the best chance of extending their season.
Rory Schlein was hoping to return to the side but was involved in a big crash at Wolves on Monday and suffered concussion and bruised kidneys and rider replacement will now be used at number one. However, there is good news as Mark Riss is back in the side after missing the win at Scunthorpe with a foot injury. Ty Proctor guests for injured captain Danny King at number five.
It has been a season of frustration for the Scorpions as injuries have disrupted their season throughout. Many were excited by the team the promotion had put together but it has been a struggle to get all seven riders out at the same time and they sit ninth and well out of the play-off picture. They have just one win away from home to their name this season, albeit a big win at Sheffield. Foxhall expert Mason Campton guests for the injured Jake Allen and rider replacement will also be used at number five for the Scorpions for the injured Josh Auty. There is a return for Ipswich asset Gino Manzares at reserve.
One to watch
Jason Garrity is one of the sport’s most entertaining riders to watch and on his day can be one of Britain’s best as he showed at the British Final earlier this year when he finished fourth. He scored 14+1 in last week’s defeat to the Witches and will certainly be one to watch no matter what happens on Thursday.