POOLE 61 ROBINS 31

Friday March 25, 2016
SWINDON got their Elite League season off to a disappointing start as they suffered a heavy 61-31 defeat against reigning Champions Poole at Wimborne Road.

The M&S Van Rental Robins were well beaten on a difficult afternoon as the Pirates highlighted their status as title favourites with an impressive performance.

The hosts struck four successive 5-1s between heats two and five to seize control – and when former Robins man Hans Andersen saw off Jason Doyle as he took a tactical ride in heat six it left Swindon in need of a miracle.

There were signs of improvement as the meeting progressed with Doyle, Justin Sedgmen and Josh Grajczonek all recording race wins.

However, it was ultimately a Good Friday to forget for the Abbey outfit – and team boss Alun Rossiter is keen to see them respond as they host Poole on Sunday (5pm) in their home opener.

Rossiter said: “It was a poor start. We were totally out-gated all afternoon and that is definitely something we need to sharpen up on.

“When we gated we weren’t too bad, but we just didn’t get out of the start all day. I’ve had a long chat with the boys, I was quite frank with them in my assessment, and hopefully they’ll be keen to put things right on Sunday.

“They’ve had a couple of meetings so were maybe a bit sharper, but that’s no excuse. We’ll just move on and focus on making sure we bounce back at the Abbey on Sunday.”

POOLE 61: Krzysztof Buczkowski 11+1, Chris Holder 11+1, Adam Ellis 11+1, Hans Andersen 11, Kyle Newman 7+2, Brady Kurtz 5+2, Davey Watt 5+1.

SWINDON 31: Jason Doyle 13, Josh Grajczonek 7, Charles Wright 5, Justin Sedgmen 4, Nick Morris 1+1, Rohan Tungate 1, Stefan Nielsen 0.

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