Thursday June 12, 2014
SWINDON were left stunned by a staggering Wolves comeback as they slipped to a disappointing 47-46 defeat at the Abbey.

Having fought to establish a 14 point lead after nine races, the Excalibur Robins looked set to cruise to a comfortable victory.

Yet they collapsed in the closing stages following a Wolverhampton 8-1 in heat ten, eventually losing out by a single point after a tense last heat decider.

It was a hugely disappointing result for Alun Rossiter's men after they had built up a substantial lead, and Rossiter admitted he was left "shell shocked" by the defeat.

Said Rossiter: "I don't know what happened at all, it was just a complete and utter collapse.

"We started well and looked to be in a good position, then that 8-1 gave them a big boost but we should have easily had enough in the engine room to still come away with the win,

"I'm shell shocked myself and I really don't know what went so drastically wrong for us."

Simon Gustafsson continued his promising run of form to lead the Robins in spectacular style, yet he just missed out on a maximum as he was left trailing in heat 15.

Skipper Troy Batchelor also put in a strong showing, although he did fade in the latter stages after starting his night with two race wins.

Down at reserve Steve Worrall again impressed whilst Nathan Greaves added an encouraging 3+2 after some determined racing.

Yet heat leader duo Peter Kildemand and Nick Morris both struggled, and with guest David Bellego failing to score Swindon were narrowly outdone by their inspired opponents.

Swindon 46: Simon Gustafsson 12, Troy Batchelor 10+1, Steve Worrall 10, Peter Kildemand 6+1, Nick Morris 5+1, Nathan Greaves 3+2, David Bellego 0

Wolverhampton 47: Piotr Pawlicki 14, Joe Jacobs 8+1, Tai Woffinden 7+1, Ty Proctor 6+1, Jacob Thorssell 6+1, Ricky Wells 5+2, Lewis Rose 1+1

Elite League points: Swindon 0 Wolverhampton 3

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