ROBINS 57 RYE HOUSE 33

Thursday July 20, 2017
SWINDON made it a magnificent seven SGB Premiership wins on the trot with a dominant 57-33 success over Rye House last night.

With the Abbey bathed in sunshine and the Carpets4Less Robins continuing their remarkable form of the past week, Alun Rossiter’s side advanced to third place in the league standings in front of a bumper crowd.

And their team delivered the goods once more with skipper Jason Doyle returning to home track action with a faultless 12-point maximum and major contributions right down the order.

Robins made the early breakthrough with a 5-1 from reserves Adam Ellis and Zach Watjtknecht in Heat 2 after Stuart Robson had broken the tapes, and the lead was extended with a 4-2 in the next race when David Bellego won by a distance and Bradley Wilson-Dean snatched third place from Rohan Tungate on the line.

Bellego and Wilson-Dean combined superbly to squeeze out Chris Harris in Heat 5 to put the Robins ten points up, and the Rockets’ immediate move to deploy Scott Nicholls on a tactical ride in the next race went spectacularly wrong.

Nicholls initially trailed Doyle but then appeared to go backwards during the race and was eventually overhauled for third place by Tobiasz Musielak leaving the visitors with no double points.

Robins piled the pressure on with successive 4-2s in Heats 7 and 8 to open the lead to 16-ponts, before a minor setback in the next when Bellego ground to a halt on the final bend – although Wilson-Dean prevented major damage by preventing Stuart Robson on a dramatic last lap.

Doyle and Musielak stormed clear in Heat 10 to effectively end the Rockets’ hopes, and Wajtknecht underlined his growing maturity with a fine ride to stalk and pass Robson for third place in Heat 11.

Doyle and Morris then blitzed Harris and Nicholls for maximum points in Heat 13 and Bellego recovered from his mechanical blip with a classy overtake of Ricky Wells in the next.

The last heat was one of the best of an exciting night of action as Nicholls got the better of Bellego in a thrilling tussle up-front, whilst Morris snatched third place from Harris.

Rossiter said: “Everything went to plan, pretty much like Wednesday night at Poole. We wanted to hit them from the off, and away we went.

“It’s a fantastic run and I’m really pleased with the boys, they’re all contributing. The team spirit is good, and they’re all listening and talking to each other.

“That was one thing I specifically wanted to deal with, I wanted people talking, joining in and having fun with each other – showing the other team that we’re enjoying ourselves.

“I’m sure having won at Poole by 20-points and won at Belle Vue, people will be talking about us now, but we’ve been written off so far and I’ve just told the boys to have no negative talk.

“I tell the boys we’re going for the win – we’re not hiding behind people saying we’re not strong enough, and I’m really happy with how things are going.”

Doyle now goes for glory in the British Grand Prix at Cardiff on Saturday, whilst the Robins – remarkably now just two points off the top of the table - return to action in the Premiership against Poole next Thursday.

SWINDON 57: Jason Doyle 12, Nick Morris 11+2, David Bellego 11, Bradley Wilson-Dean 7+1, Tobiasz Musielak 6+1, Zach Wajtknecht 5+2, Adam Ellis 5
RYE HOUSE 33: Scott Nicholls 9, Stuart Robson 7, Rohan Tungate 6, Chris Harris 6, Ricky Wells 4, Erik Riss 1+1, Ben Morley 0
Premiership points: Swindon 3 Rye House 0

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