Friday July 14, 2017
SWINDON blew the SGB Premiership play-off race wide open with a stunning 49-35 away win at leaders Belle Vue on Friday.

The Robins made it a full house of seven points from their back-to-back clashes with the Aces, despite racing both meetings without injured skipper Jason Doyle.

And after David Bellego’s paid maximum on Thursday, there was another middle-order hero in Manchester as Bradley Wilson-Dean – who had scored just one point in the home match – notched an unbeaten paid-12 haul from four rides to leave the home side stunned.

Such an outcome had looked unlikely when, for the second night running, the Aces opened proceedings with a 5-1 in Heat 1, but the Robins quickly got into their stride.

Wilson-Dean was their first race winner in Heat 3 with Bellego just missing out to Rohan Tungate for third place – but two 4-2s quickly followed to level the scores.

Nick Morris held his nerve in a close-fought Heat 4 with home reserve Jack Smith in the mix before falling, whilst guest Troy Batchelor picked up the first of three race wins in the next.

Robins then took their chance to slam in successive 5-1s, Heat 6 featuring a terrific effort by Adam Ellis to move inside Kenneth Bjerre off the final turn to join Morris for a maximum – and Bellego and Wilson-Dean backed that up by seeing off Craig Cook in Heat 7.

The Aces rallied with Steve Worrall rounding the Swindon duo in Heat 8, and a 5-1 followed in the next race to halve the gap as Max Fricke produced a decisive pass on Morris going into the last lap.

But Wilson-Dean defeated Bjerre and Worrall in a shared Heat 10 prior to a massive 5-1 in the next as Batchelor and Tobiasz Musielak established themselves ahead of Cook, who retired on the second lap.

Wilson-Dean again rounded the field in fine style to take Heat 12, and the Robins had victory in the bag in a sweet Heat 13 as Batchelor went clear of Bjerre on turn two and Morris rounded the Dane for a 5-1 next time around.

Bellego won a re-started Heat 14 to secure all four points after Tungate had come to grief in the initial staging, and with heavy rain moving in the decision was taken to call a halt with one race to go.

Robins boss Alun Rossiter said: “I’m so happy with the will and determination being shown by a young side. It’s been such a good week, we talk and everybody listens, and they’re also reacting when the track changes.

“Seven points from two meetings isn’t bad at all, and we’ve beaten one of the best teams in the league on their own patch here.

“Bradley had a brand-new engine which he’d used for one meeting and it blew up, and he only got it back today – and it was a case of ‘welcome to the team, Bradley, we’ve been waiting for this for a long time!’

“It’s been brilliant to have the scores from David last night and then Bradley tonight, and if Bradley drops down to reserve then I’m not going to be too worried if he’s riding like that!

“Since the (World Cup) break we’ve done a few things differently, we’ve re-grouped and we’re making far fewer mistakes. I don’t see it as a statement of intent, but we were just below the play-off places and these seven points have put us right back in there - and with a lot of home matches to come.”

Fired-up Robins now head to Leicester on Monday, with Batchelor again lined-up to guest for Doyle at No.1.

BELLE VUE 35: Dan Bewley 8, Max Fricke 7+2, Kenneth Bjerre 7, Steve Worrall 6+2, Rohan Tungate 4+1, Craig Cook 3, Jack Smith 0
SWINDON 49: Bradley Wilson-Dean 11+1, Nick Morris 9+1, Troy Batchelor 9, Adam Ellis 6+1, David Bellego 6, Zach Wajtknecht 4+2, Tobiasz Musielak 4+1
Abandoned after 14 heats due to rain – Result STANDS
Premiership points: Belle Vue 0 Swindon 4

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