Wednesday August 27, 2014
SWINDON gave their play-off hopes a boost despite falling agonisingly short of a memorable victory as they slipped to a 44-43 defeat at King's Lynn.

The Robins put in a determined display to recover from a slow start and set up a tense last heat decider before eventually being forced to settle for a point.

It was another hugely encouraging performance from Alun Rossiter's side as they battle for a top four place.

However, Rossiter was left lamented a refereeing decision which he believes cost them crucial league points.

Peter Kildemand was excluded for not being under power when Rory Schlein fell in heat 11 - a decision which left Rossiter hugely frustrated.

He said: "We were robbed again tonight by a really poor refereeing decision. Peter (Kildemand) had a problem with his clutch in heat 11 but was still under power when Rory fell, so for him then to be excluded by the referee anyway was a bad call.

"It's very disappointing to again be talking about a meeting which we've been cost points by a poor decision, and when it's so tight in the battle for the top four it's hugely frustrating.

"We will take plenty of positives from racing because it was a great performance, but the referee has cost us again tonight."

It was a strong all-around team performance from Swindon, led by Aussie trio Troy Batchelor, Nick Morris and Dakota North.

Skipper Batchelor led by example with a fine 11 point haul from the tough No.5 spot, whilst North romped to three wins as he earned a well-deserved heat 15 appearance.

Fellow second string Nick Morris also recorded a trio of victories as he enjoyed a return to form, forming a strong spearhead as all three ended with double figures.

Flying reserve Steve Worrall also put in a solid showing - but returning No.1 Peter Kildemand, fellow heatleader Simon Gustafsson and youngster Nathan Greaves endured tough nights as the Robins feel agonisingly short of victory.

They will return to action at the Abbey tomorrow night looking to continue their play-off bid as they host Lakeside.

KING’S LYNN 44: Niels-Kristian Iversen 12, Kenneth Bjerre 9+2, Lewis Kerr 8, Robert Lambert 5+1, Nicklas Porsing 4+1, Simon Lambert 4, Rory Schlein 2.

SWINDON 43: Nick Morris 11, Dakota North 11, Troy Batchelor 11, Steve Worrall 6, Peter Kildemand 2+1, Simon Gustafsson 2+1, Nathan Greaves 0.

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