Thursday April 24, 2014
SWINDON performed last heat heroics to snatch a 46-44 victory over Eastbourne at the Abbey.

A faultless maximum from brilliant Dane Peter Kildemand led the Robins to victory, as he joined forces with the equally impressive Troy Batchelor in nervy heat 15 decider to ensure their side edged a narrow win.

Despite racing into a six point lead in the early stages, the determined Eagles fought back to leave the meeting hanging in the balance - yet Swindon displayed excellent character to ensure they bounced back to winning ways in dramatic circumstances.

Having seen his side suffer home defeats against Coventry and Poole in recent weeks, team boss Alun Rossiter was thrilled to taste victory once again.

Said Rossiter: "I was just happy to come away with the end in the end given the circumstances.

"Dak (North) was obviously making his debut but he showed plenty of fight and showed what he could do in his last ride.

"Peter (Kildemand) and Troy (Batchelor) were absolutely outstanding and pulled it out the bag when it mattered for us in heat 15.

"Peter I'm particular showed just how far he's come in the last few years; he was absolutely top class again."

Whilst Kildemand and Batchelor undoubtedly stole the show with magnificent displays, fellow heat-leader Nick Morris also stepped up with a crucial performance.

Dakota North ended his debut with an encouraging race win in his final ride - whilst a solid contribution from Steve Worrall at reserve ensured the Robins edged victory despite difficult evenings for Simon Gustafsson and Dan Greenwood.

Swindon will be back in action on Friday night as they face a tough trip to Lakeside looking to record their second consecutive win.

Swindon 46: Peter Kildemand 15, Troy Batchelor 11+3, Nick Morris 8+2, Dakota North 5, Steve Worrall 5, Simon Gustafsson 2, Dan Greenwood 0

Eastbourne 44: Lewis Blackbird 11+3, Mikkel Michelsen 11, Timo Lahti 6, Joonas Kylmakorpi 6, Cameron Woodward 4+1, Bjarne Pedersen 3+1, Daniel Halsey 3

Elite League points: Swindon 2 Eastbourne 1

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