Friday August 21, 2015
SWINDON took another giant step towards the Elite League play-offs with a resounding 55-36 win at Coventry on Friday.

The M&S Van Rental Robins’ top five were all in superb form at Brandon with Darcy Ward scoring another paid maximum and the remainder of the regular riders all chipping in strongly.

Aaron Summers underlined his impact since joining earlier this week with three race wins, and Nick Morris and Troy Batchelor were also in double figures - captain Batchelor only missing out on a paid maximum to Chris Harris in Heat 15.

Robins provided each of the first six heat wins, and a 5-1 from Morris and Batchelor over Danny King and Joonas Kylmakorpi put them into an early eight-point lead.

That was raised to 12 after Heat 6 before Coventry notched a 7-1 from Harris and Kylmakorpi in Heat 7, Morris keeping the pressure on enough to ensure the home side could not switch positions for the maximum eight-point haul.

The gap was pegged at six after Heat 9 but the next two races turned the meeting decisively in Swindon’s favour, as Summers and Ward raced clear of King and Kylmakorpi in Heat 10 before Harris crashed out chasing the Robins duo in the next, with a 5-0 awarded as James Sarjeant had already retired.

There was a consolation 5-1 to the Bees in Heat 12 but Swindon simply hit straight back with further maximum hauls in Heats 13 and 14.

An injury-hit home side simply had no answer to the Robins’ power - and boss Alun Rossiter admitted the absence of Bees reserve Jason Garrity had given his side additional belief.

He said: “I’m very happy with that, it was a fantastic performance and I’d been a little worried beforehand about coming here with no reserves.

“But they lost their best reserve too, I think they rely on Jason quite a bit, and once I knew he was out I could smell some blood to be honest.

“We’ve been mustard lately, and full credit to our top five. We took our opportunities, and Aaron has been fantastic with ten points two nights running. That’s the reason I made that change, we needed to bolster the No.2 spot, and he’s got the experience.

“Coming back here and also going to King’s Lynn doesn’t hold any fears, especially as we’ll have a full side - I don’t really know why Poole is a bit of a bogey track for us, but hopefully we can sort that out on Monday!”

Robins are now on 48 points and know that wins in their last two home matches, starting against Leicester on Thursday, will be enough to guarantee a play-off place regardless of their results on the road.

COVENTRY 36: Chris Harris 10+1, Grzegorz Walasek 9, James Sarjeant 8+3, Danny Ayres 4+1, Joonas Kylmakorpi 4, Danny King 1, Stuart Robson r/r
SWINDON 55: Troy Batchelor 12+2, Nick Morris 10+2, Darcy Ward 10+2, Aaron Summers 10, Grzegorz Zengota 7+1, James Wright 4+1, Rob Shuttleworth 2
Elite League points: Coventry 0 Swindon 4

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