Monday September 30, 2013
SWINDON suffered the heartache of elimination from the Elite League play-offs with a dramatic 55-38 defeat at Poole on Monday.

And boss Alun Rossiter refused to offer any excuses when he said: "Fair play to Poole, we were beaten by the better side."

The Excalibur Communications Robins held a 10-point cushion from the first leg at the Abbey last week but ran out of steam against the inspirational double world champion Greg Hancock and Aussie sensation Darcy Ward.

In a thrilling night of racing Nick Morris worked overtime for his points and when the spectacular Peter Kildemand won his tactical ride he kept the Pirates at bay.

But there was a late surge by the home side to gain revenge for their Grand Final defeat at the hands of the Robins almost 12-months ago.

Ward teamed up with ex-Robin Maciej Janowski to hand Poole the lead by a point in Heat 13 - and their place in the final was assured with a stunning ride from Tomas H Jonasson and Josh Grasjonek in the penultimate heat.

Said Rossiter: "We were beaten by the better side, it's as simple as that. They were the better side on the night and over two legs - not over the season but when it really matters most.

"Of course I'm gutted, but no more gutted than Poole were last year when we beat them in the final and I wish both them and Birmingham all the best for the final and I'm sure it will be a tremendous battle.

"The play-offs can work for you or they can work against you. I'm proud of my boys for the work they've done this season, finishing second in the league, but we've jus dipped out at the end and credit to Poole."

POOLE 55: Darcy Ward 13+1, Greg Hancock 13, Josh Grajczonek 12+1, Maciej Janowski 8, Tomas H Jonasson 5+3, Micky Dyer 2, Rohan Tungate R/R.

SWINDON 38: Peter Kildemand 9+1, Nick Morris 8+1, Hans Andersen 6, Troy Batchelor 5+1, Kyle Howarth 5, Eddie Kennett 4, Lewis Kerr 1.
Poole win 97-90 on aggregate.

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