Friday June 10, 2011
SWINDON gave their season a massive boost with a first away win of the campaign at Coventry on Friday.

Ronnie Russell’s side were great value for the points at Brandon with a solid all-round display, and early-season signing Nicolai Klindt was their hero with wins in Heats 13 and 15.

Amongst other key contributions were Cory Gathercole’s ten-point haul at reserve as the Robins dominated in that department, whilst Maciej Janowski showed a dramatic improvement in the second half of the meeting.

Robins led by six points at the halfway stage only to concede a 5-1 in Heat 9 when Klindt lost out to Przemyslaw Pawlicki for second place on the final bend.

But No.1 Scott Nicholls put in a superb ride on his old home track to re-pass Edward Kennett and win Heat 11 with Jesper B Monberg in a vital third place, which put Swindon four points up.

There was a big scare in Heat 12 when Gathercole crashed and was collected by Janowski – but the young Pole notched a tremendous win in the re-run as he flew around Ryan Fisher to limit the damage.

Klindt won a shared Heat 13 with Nicholls losing power, and after Gathercole and Simon Stead packed in behind Pawlicki in Heat 14, Klindt shot away from the start again in the decider with Nicholls just missing out to Schlein as Swindon had to be content with three points from the meeting.

Boss Russell said: “I’m delighted with that result, it could have been all four points but for Scott’s blown engine but it’s still a great night for us.

“We’ve had so many things go against us this season so I think everyone deserves a night like this one, and the points from this week have given us a real lift.”

COVENTRY 42: Ryan Fisher 11+1, Rory Schlein 10, Przemek Pawlicki 9+2, Edward Kennett 8, Jerran Hart 2+1, Richard Sweetman 2, Kenni Larsen r/r.

SWINDON 48: Nicolai Klindt 11+1, Cory Gathercole 10, Scott Nicholls 9, Simon Stead 6+2, Maciej Janowski 6, Richard Lawson 3+1, Jesper B Monberg 3+1.

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