Saturday April 08, 2017
SWINDON stormed to their first win of the 2017 campaign with a 49-41 triumph at Rye House in the Knockout Cup.

The Carpets4Less Robins seized the upper hand of their tie with a sensational showing at Hoddesdon to establish an eight-point lead ahead of the second leg at the Abbey on Thursday (7.30).

It was a fine all-around team display from Alun Rossiter’s side as they bounced back from Thursday’s narrow home defeat at the hands of Belle Vue.

And Rossiter was full of praise for his side after they overcame the top flight newcomers at a tricky away venue.

Said Rossiter: “It was a great all-around team performance, everyone chipped in and it was great to get that first win of the season.

“Even Zach (Wajtknecht) was right on the pace, things just didn’t go his way, but I’m sure he’ll learn from it.

“It’s a good win at a tough track, so we’re pleased with the result, we’ll just have to keep focused on finish the job in the second leg at home.”

Top two Jason Doyle and Nick Morris led by example, recording five wins between them to both score double figures.

Reserve Emil Grondal showed his potential with two race wins, whilst flying Frenchman David Bellego was involved in two 5-1s with a strong showing.

With Kiwi racer Bradley Wilson-Dean also adding paid double figures, rider replacement accounted for 10+1 points in place of injured No.3 Adam Ellis.

Despite young gun Zach Wajtknecht struggling to make an impact, the Robins had enough to come out on top and send a message to their SGB Premiership rivals.

RYE HOUSE 41: Scott Nicholls 12, Edward Kennett 8, Chris Harris 7+1, Ellis Perks 5, Stuart Robson 3+2, Davey Watt 3, Ben Morley 3.
SWINDON 49: Nick Morris 14+1, Jason Doyle 11, Bradley Wilson-Dean 9+1, Emil Grondal 8, David Bellego 7+2, Zach Wajtknecht 0, Adam Ellis r/r.

Picture: IAN BUSH

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