ROBINS 55 BIRMINGHAM 37

Thursday October 04, 2012
SWINDON sent out a strong message to Poole ahead of their Elite League title showdown with a 55-37 hammering of Birmingham at the Abbey Stadium.

Carrying a 20-point lead from the first leg in the Midlands, the Robins made a lightning start to move 12 clear after four races and all but assure that they would not suffer a shock home defeat.

Further 5-1s in Heats 9 and 10 – the latter to cancel out a Danny King tactical ride – mathematically secured their progression, before they sealed an emphatic 110-72 aggregate victory.

Reserve Simon Stead put his recent form behind him to star with a confidence-boosting 12-point maximum, whilst Aussie youngster Nick Morris earned a Heat 15 appearance after an impressive display.

Heat-leaders Hans Andersen, Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand all performed well to bolster the scoreboard further, as Robins warmed up for the hotly-anticipated Grand Final with a professional display.

Team boss Alun Rossiter said: “Obviously we are delighted and it means a lot to be in the final.

“I thought our boys were thoroughly professional over the two legs against Birmingham and now we can focus on facing Poole.”

SWINDON 55: Simon Stead 12, Troy Batchelor 10+2, Peter Kildemand 9, Nick Morris 8+3, Hans Andersen 7+1, Jason Doyle 5+1, Dawid Lampart 4.

BIRMINGHAM 37: Sebastian Ulamek 15, Danny King 6, Ben Barker 6, Martin Smolinski 4+2, Josh Auty 4, Nicolas Covatti 2, Bjarne Pedersen R/R.

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