Monday July 22, 2013
SWINDON endured last gasp heartache as they suffered a narrow 46-44 defeat at table-toppers Wolverhampton.

A valiant effort put the Excalibur Robins on the brink of a huge victory - yet a Wolves 5-1 in the final race ensured the visitors had to settle for a point.

Having fallen eight behind in the early stages, Swindon launched a powerful comeback in the middle of the meeting to take an unlikely lead before eventually being undone by Tai Woffinden and Peter Karlsson.

Team boss Alun Rossiter revealed was disappointed to see his side let their lead slip at the death - although he was pleased with a battling performance on the road.

He said: "I think if I'm honest I am disappointed as we threw away a few points which would have put us in a comfortable position.

"It was still a great effort from all the team and you can't fault any of them. We came back well and showed plenty of character, but it just wasn't to be in the end."

Peter Kildemand and Hans Andersen both put in strong showings to top score for the Robins - yet Nick Morris was the star man as he continued his good form to earn a well-deserved heat 15 appearance.

Aussie ace Troy Batchelor also made a useful contribution despite not enjoying his finest evening, whilst Eddie Kennett bounced back from a tough start to record two important wins.

Yet despite hard-fought displays, young reserves Ashley Birks and Kyle Howarth gained little reward for their efforts as Swindon fell just short.

Wolverhampton 46: Jacob Thorssell 11+2, Tai Woffinden 10+1, Peter Karlsson 9+1, Adam Skornicki 6+2, Ludvig Lindgren 5, Ricky Wells 5, Ty Proctor R/R

Swindon 44: Peter Kildemand 10, Hans Andersen 10, Nick Morris 9, Troy Batchelor 6+1, Edward Kennett 5+1, Ashley Birks 4, Kyle Howarth 0

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