Monday August 17, 2015
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter was left furious despite seeing his side snatch a consolation point from their 48-42 defeat against play-off rivals Belle Vue at Kirkmanshulme Lane.

The M&S Van Rental Robins staged a late fightback to ensure they kicked-off a season-defining week in solid fashion by claiming a potentially vital away point in dramatic fashion.

Having trailed by 10 points entering the final two races, Alun Rossiter’s side looked in danger of failing to add to their Elite League points tally.

Yet Darcy Ward and Troy Batchelor struck a 5-1 in dramatic fashion as heat 13 had to be rerun due to the chequered flag initially being shown after just three laps.

The Aussie duo then duly delivered a heat advantage in a tense last-heat decider, with Ward completing a spectacular 14+1 paid maximum to ensure the Robins did not leave empty handed .

Team manager Alun Rossiter was relieved to see his side emerge with a hard-fought point – but he could not hide his fury at several incidents on what he branded a “shambolic” meeting.

Rossiter said: “I’m pleased we managed to come away with a point, it was a good effort from the boys in a tough meeting and it could prove vital for us come the end of the season.

“I have to say the referee lost it towards the end though. We are supposed to be involved in a professional sport, but it was just absolutely shambolic tonight.

“The start marshall put out the chequered flag whilst Darcy was chasing for the lead in heat 13, and although we got the 5-1 in the rerun that was a ridiculous situation.

“We had a pits phone that didn’t work meaning the referee couldn’t hear me, and the opposition manager is ringing him on his mobile but I can’t contact him because I don’t know his number.

“Then a rider who throws a strop and goes into the changing room to get dressed but gets given ten minutes by the ref to get changed and come back out for the rerun.

“It was an absolute shambles tonight from the officials, that’s all I can say. You can’t allow a rider ten minutes to get ready, it’s his fault he went off in a strop and wasn’t ready when they realised he had to go in the rerun.

“You had one piece of track on the first corner which everyone was racing for which became very dangerous as well.

“You’ve got reserves beating world class riders just because they managed to hit the first corner in front and there was only one line on the track, and when everyone only has one line to aim for it becomes dangerous.”

Despite Rossiter’s frustrations, it was a battling performance from the Robins as they took on an Aces side who have been in impressive form on home soil.

Spectacular Australian Ward led the way imperiously with another magnificent display, whilst skipper Batchelor also notched paid double figures.

Nick Morris and Grzegorz Zengota added a win apiece despite enduring tough evenings, whilst Charles Wright recovered from a tough start to bag two important second places in his final two rides.

Debutant Aaron Summers also notched a useful five points including a fine heat five victory, although Robert Branford endured a night to forget.

Swindon will be back in action on Wednesday night as they face a mouth-watering trip to Poole before hosting play-off rivals King’s Lynn at the Abbey on Thursday (7.30).

BELLE VUE 48: Max Fricke 9+1, Stefan Nielsen 9+1, Scott Nicholls 7+2, Josh Grajczonek 7, Steve Worrall 6+3, Craig Cook 6, Matej Zagar 4.
SWINDON 42: Darcy Ward 14+1, Troy Batchelor 9+1, Aaron Summers 5, Grzegorz Zengota 5, Charles Wright 5, Nick Morris 4+1, Robert Branford 0.

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