Friday April 12, 2013
SWINDON’S sensational start to their Elite League title defence continued with a hugely impressive 50-40 win at Peterborough on Friday.

The Excalibur Communications Robins collected all four points from the East of England Showground to move five points clear at the top of the table – and although it is still early stages, they are clearly on a mission to retain the silverware, as well as to finish first in the regular standings.

Winter signing Edward Kennett had a fine night, being unbeaten from his four completed rides, whilst Peter Kildemand and Hans Andersen reeled off three race wins apiece.

But just as at Perry Barr on Wednesday, reserve Kacper Gomolski provided a massive sting in the tail, the Polish youngster returning to his home track of 2011 to give a decisive display.

Andersen was relegated to the back of Heat 1 as Peterborough started with a 5-1, but the comeback began in Heat 6 with Gomolski holding home skipper Kenneth Bjerre at bay for third place as Troy Batchelor took the flag.

Kildemand and Kennett then got the better of Linus Sundstrom in Heat 7, the Swede falling as he attempted to challenge, and although the Panthers hit back through a strong effort from Norbert Kosciuch and Kenni Larsen against Batchelor in Heat 9, the Robins’ terrific ‘Double-K’ pairing restored matters in the next race.

Going into the final four heats the scores were level, but Kildemand and Gomolski grabbed a huge 5-1 over Kosciuch in Heat 12, and Andersen backed that up in the next race with a win over Bjerre as Batchelor retrieved third place from Sundstrom.

Kennett’s Heat 14 win secured victory on the night, and Gomolski completed his great display with a pass on Patrick Hougaard to take the Robins eight-up.

That became ten in the last race as Andersen fended off the challenge of Larsen whilst the spectacular Kildemand moved past Ryan Fisher for third place.

And if the 50-40 result wasn’t impressive enough, it should also be noted that the rider-replacement facility for Nick Morris did not score a single point!

Boss Alun Rossiter said: “When you start winning, it becomes a habit and we’ve got this belief running through the team. In the last quarter of the match we came very strong, and it’s amazing.

“All of the boys are so up for it, and full credit to them. They have been outstanding in the last few meetings, and to be honest coming here I privately thought that to come away with a point would have been a result.

“We made some mistakes last year. We should have killed meetings off and got four points, and we probably could have finished on top of the table, but we threw some silly points away. We talked about that, and it was great to see how keen they all were to get all four points.”

PETERBOROUGH 40: Kenni Larsen 11, Ryan Fisher 8, Norbert Kosciuch 5+3, Patrick Hougaard 5, Kenneth Bjerre 4+1, Dakota North 4+1, Linus Sundstrom 3.

SWINDON 50: Hans Andersen 12, Kacper Gomolski 11+1, Edward Kennett 10+2, Peter Kildemand 10, Troy Batchelor 6+1, David Bellego 1+1, Nick Morris r/r.

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