Friday August 12, 2011
SWINDON rounded off a busy week of Elite League action with an 18-point defeat at Lakeside.

Robins staged a mid-meeting rally which raised hopes of taking at least a point back to Blunsdon, but the home side pulled clear again in the closing stages having dominated at reserve with 22 (paid 25) compared to Swindon’s three (paid four).

The return to form of Jesper B Monberg was an encouraging factor for the visitors, the Dane taking two good race wins on a night where compatriot Nicolai Klindt was absent on Danish League duty, with no facility allowed to replace him.

And Robins were further weakened in their top five when Maciej Janowski was unable to take his final programmed ride as he was suffering the effects of a heavy spill on the first bend in Heat 6 in which all four riders came to grief.

The Hammers led 31-17 after eight races and guest Davey Watt prevented Janowski from scoring the maximum six points from a tactical ride – but the Robins did get back into contention when Monberg and Simon Stead combined for a 5-1 in Heat 10.

The gap was down to eight points but it was Lakeside who made the crucial breakthrough in Heat 13 thanks to Lee Richardson and Piotr Swiderski, with Swindon running out of options.

Stead’s tactical ride in Heat 14 was repelled by an impressive Robert Mear, and with Watt and Swiderski adding a further maximum in the last race the scoreline was given a more emphatic look right at the end.

LAKESIDE 56: Robert Mear 12+1, Davey Watt 12, Kim Nilsson 10+2, Piotr Swiderski 9+4, Lee Richardson 7, Cameron Woodward 6+2, Kauko Nieminen R/R.

SWINDON 38: Scott Nicholls 10, Jesper B Monberg 10, Simon Stead 7+2, Maciej Janowski 7, Sergey Darkin 2+1, Lubos Tomicek 1, Luke Bowen 1.

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