Monday August 21, 2017
SWINDON’S remarkable SGB Premiership winning run is up to 13 matches after Monday’s hard-fought 48-41 success over King’s Lynn.

In front of a packed Abbey with reduced admission applying for the televised encounter, the Carpets4Less Robins weren’t quite at their best, but still had enough to see off a lively display from the Stars.

Skipper Jason Doyle was unbeaten once again with a 12-point maximum and there were solid contributions down the rest of the order with David Bellego recovering from a nightmare start to reel off three victories in his final outings.

Robins provided the first three race winners but only led by two points after Bellego was disqualified in Heat 3 when he came down on a tight first bend, with the Stars’ Kai Huckenbeck smartly laying his machine down.

Former Swindon rider Tomas H Jonasson was the Stars’ first winner in Heat 4, and the visitors levelled the scores in the next with a win for Robert Lambert as Bellego ground to a halt.

But Doyle and Adam Ellis combined to squeeze out Jonasson in Heat 6 for the first 5-1 of the night, and the lead edged up by a further point with a 3-2 in Heat 7 as both Bradley Wilson-Dean and Michael Palm Toft failed to finish due to mechanical problems.

A dramatic Heat 9 saw Bellego and Tobiasz Musielak see off a daring first-lap move from Josh Auty, with Jonasson then slamming into the fence at the start of lap three and the Robins were awarded a 5-1.

Two wins for Thomas Jorgensen, who again showed his liking for the Abbey, kept the visitors in touch, and they collected their own 5-1 in Heat 12 when Wilson-Dean came to grief whilst chasing Palm Toft and Auty.

Doyle and Nick Morris eased the nerves with a 4-2 in Heat 13, albeit Morris was passed by Jonasson midway through the race, and Bellego sealed victory by taking Heat 14 despite another fall for Wilson-Dean.

Heat 15 was the best of the night with Bellego out-front ahead of a frantic scrap for the minor places, with Palm Toft and Jorgensen eventually prevailing over Morris – but the Stars fell just short of a league point.

Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “It wasn’t our cleanest performance, we had a few things go wrong and there were a few decisions with the starts with rankled with me a bit, but in the end we won it comfortably enough.

“A few silly little things were going wrong and we need to make sure we go away and address things to get everything right.

“We didn’t expect to concede a 5-1 in Heat 12 and that added to the pressure a bit, but that’s the way things go sometimes.

“We have to make our home matches count, and at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter how many points we win by, as we’re in the driving seat.

“There’s no complacency and I have no worries about the riders, they’re all firmly on the ground and it’s just one of those nights when certain things didn’t go our way – but we still got the result.”

Robins return to action on Thursday when Somerset visit the Abbey in a re-arranged fixture.

SWINDON 48: Jason Doyle 12, David Bellego 9, Tobiasz Musielak 8+1, Nick Morris 8, Adam Ellis 6+1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 4+1, James Sarjeant 1+1.
KING’S LYNN 41: Michael Palm-Toft 9, Thomas Jorgensen 8+1, Tomas H Jonasson 6, Josh Auty 5+1, Kai Huckenbeck 4+2, Robert Lambert 5, Tero Aarnio 4+1.

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