ROBINS 53 WOLVERHAMPTON 40

Thursday April 30, 2015
SWINDON completed a difficult day on a high with a 53-40 win over Wolverhampton to make it three home wins in succession.

The M&S Van Rental Robins were forced into two changes on the day of the meeting but their guest replacements came up trumps and in-form Nick Morris kept up his stunning run as a dogged Wolves challenge was finally seen off.

An administrative error in the declaration of Peter Kildemand led to the Dane being ruled out for a further week, with ex-Robin Jason Doyle standing in impressively with paid-13, whilst Josh Grajczonek answered a late SOS after Rory Schlein broke down en route and responded with an all-action display.

Reserve duo Charles Wright and Lewis Rose put the Robins into an early advantage with their Wolves counterparts both falling in Heat 2, and back-to-back Swindon 5-1s in Heats 6 and 7 put them seemingly in full control of the meeting.

But a tactical ride win from Ricky Wells in Heat 8 maintained interest for the visitors, and they began picking up further race wins as the gap was narrowed to five points – Swindon not helped when Kyle Howarth, who had earlier produced some exciting overtaking, was penalised for a starting offence in Heat 11.

Lewis Blackbird got the better of the Robins reserves in Heat 12 but Doyle produced a memorable cut-back in Heat 13 to storm inside Lindgren and Jacob Thorssell and team up with returning skipper Troy Batchelor for a big 5-1.

Grajczonek retrieved third place from Peter Karlsson in a terrific Heat 14 with Morris’s chase of Joonas Kylmakorpi just falling short, but it was still enough to secure victory on the night.

And the visitors would leave with nothing as Doyle and Morris combined for a final crowd-pleasing 5-1 over Wells and Lindgren in Heat 15.

Boss Alun Rossiter said: “The team all dug deep tonight and it was a good all-round performance, but full credit to Wolverhampton as well. I said beforehand that they would push us, and they did.

“They came back at us and it became a little close, and I was really impressed with Ricky Wells, he has really improved as a rider.

“I’m really chuffed for Nick at the moment, he’s on fire and long may it continue. I also thought Lewis Rose was much better than his score suggested, so we’re definitely getting there and thanks to our guests who did a great job.”

Robins return to action next Thursday, May 7 with a tasty-looking home encounter with improving Belle Vue which marks the start of a run of three matches in five days.

ELITE LEAGUE
SWINDON 53: Nick Morris 12+2, Jason Doyle 10+3, Josh Grajczonek 8+1, Charles Wright 7+2, Kyle Howarth 7, Troy Batchelor 6, Lewis Rose 3+2
WOLVERHAMPTON 40: Ricky Wells 11, Peter Karlsson 7, Freddie Lindgren 6+1, Lewis Blackbird 6+1, Joonas Kylmakorpi 5+1, Jacob Thorssell 5, Nathan Greaves 0
Elite League points: Swindon 3 Wolverhampton 0

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