Monday August 10, 2015
SWINDON moved up to fourth in the Elite League table with a stunning 52-38 win over Wolverhampton at Monmore Green.

Just a fortnight after claiming a crucial victory at the venue, the M&S Van Rental Robins put in another powerful display to come out on top in a scintillating clash and give their play-off hopes a major boost.

Despite a victory for Belle Vue in their home clash with Lakeside, all four points proved enough for Swindon to leapfrog King’s Lynn for fourth place and move level on points with the Aces.

It was a fine night for Alun Rossiter’s side, with a spectacular paid maximum from the in-form Darcy Ward leading a superb all-around team performance.

And Rossiter was delighted to see them continue their purple patch with another determined display.

“It was an excellent performance, everyone did their job tonight,” said Rossiter.

“Darcy (Ward) and Troy (Batchelor) were superb, Zengi did a great job again and Chris Harris proved an excellent choice of guest.

“It was a strong performance all the way through, we led for almost the whole meeting and came away with four big points, so it was a really good night for us to keep us on track for the play-offs.”

Ward put in a masterful performance from the No.1 spot, breaking Tai Woffinden’s track record with a time of 53.45 seconds in heat one before completing an unbeaten night by picking off Freddie Lindgren coming onto the final lap of heat 15.

He was backed up superbly by impressive skipper Troy Batchelor and guesting No.3 Chris Harris, both of whom showed plenty of speed and notched double figures despite finding themselves involved in some tight action.

With the top three all impressive, Grzegorz Zengota added solid support with seven points whilst Robert Branford and Charles Wright made useful contributions with hard-fought performances at reserve.

Eduard Krcmar endured a tough night in the No.2 position but showed plenty of determination as he continues to get to grips with British racing.

The Robins will now look to keep their top four bid right on track as they host table-topping Coventry in a mouth-watering clash at the Abbey on Thursday (7.30).

WOLVERHAMPTON 38: Lewis Blackbird 10+1, Jacob Thorssell 8, Freddie Lindgren 7+1, Tobiasz Musielak 5, Peter Karlsson 5, Ricky Wells 2+1, Josh Bates 1.

SWINDON 52: Darcy Ward 13+2, Chris Harris 11, Troy Batchelor 10+2, Grzegorz Zengota 7, Charles Wright 5+1, Robert Branford 5, Eduard Krcmar 1.

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