Monday August 12, 2013
SWINDON raced back to the top of the Elite League table with a comprehensive 56-37 win over King’s Lynn at the Abbey Stadium.

Alun Rossiter’s side put in a power-packed display with all of the regular Excalibur Robins showing up well, with the Stars left trailing from the early stages of the meeting.

Pride of place went to recent signing Kyle Howarth, the British youngster building on his World Under-21 Final display over the weekend with a stunning performance to score paid-14 from five rides.

And the relatively new partnership of Peter Kildemand and Nick Morris was also in full effect with 5-1s in Heats 3 and 5, the latter coming in sensational fashion as they got the better of Grand Prix star Niels-Kristian Iversen, Morris charging inside the Dane off the fourth bend.

That sparked a run of three successive 5-1s to see the Robins move into a 30-12 lead, but the Stars’ first race win came at the right time for them as Lasse Bjerre banked the full six points from a tactical ride win, backed up by Kozza Smith for an 8-1.

The visitors pegged the gap at eleven points across the next three heats with two race wins for Iversen and one for Mads Korneliussen, who moved inside Hans Andersen off the final bend to take Heat 10.

But Howarth was involved in the two 5-1s which made sure of all three points for the home side, teaming up with Kildemand in Heat 12 and Morris in Heat 14 to make the lead a comfortable one.

Iversen, who was beaten by Troy Batchelor in Heat 15, was left alone at the top of the visitors’ scorechart as Korneliussen suffered no fewer than three falls during the night, whilst the only last place from one of the regular Robins riders came in that final race when Kildemand came to grief on turn three.

Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “That was a good night’s work from us. They were a bit depleted without Rory (Schlein) but you can only beat what’s in front of you, and they are a team in contention for the play-offs.

“Kyle was great. He’s been working hard and getting frustrated, so this is great for him because he’s been going in the right direction. Things are looking good and there’s more to come.”

SWINDON 56: Troy Batchelor 12+1, Kyle Howarth 11+3, Peter Kildemand 11, Nick Morris 8+3, Hans Andersen 8+2, Edward Kennett 6+1, Max Fricke 0.

KING’S LYNN 37: Niels-Kristian Iversen 14, Lasse Bjerre 9+1, Kozza Smith 6+2, Mads Korneliussen 4, Nicklas Porsing 2+1, Richie Worrall 2, Rory Schlein r/r.

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