Wednesday July 25, 2018
ALUN Rossiter was left disappointed after his side suffered their third loss in four fixtures with a 49-41 defeat to King’s Lynn on Wednesday.

Things didn’t start well for the CFS Filtration Robins, who lost reserve Jack Smith in heat two after the youngster came to grief on turn two resulting in his withdrawal from the meeting.

As if the situation couldn’t be any worse, home pairing Simon Lambert and Jason Garrity romped to a 5-1 in the rerun, putting the Stars four points up.

And despite getting three race wins in the next four heats, the visitors were lacking the vital ingredient of a heat advantage.

The home side then added salt to the wound as reserve Lambert secured his second win of the night, as he and Michael Palm Toft clinched another 5-1 for the Stars, which extended the lead to eight points.

The Robins finally got their first heat advantage in heat nine with a 4-2, reducing the home sides lead down to six.

The two sides then traded 4-2 advantages after the interval in heats 11 and 12, with score now 39-33 to the Stars.

Back-to-back shared heats then followed meaning Swindon needed another 3-3 in the final race to secure an away point.

It wasn’t to be for the CFS Filtration Robins, though, as British Champion Robert Lambert completed his maximum while Niels-Kristian Iversen finished third in a 4-2, meaning the visitors headed home with nothing.

Robins’ Team Manager Alun Rossiter said: “I am disappointed; we really should have got something out of the meeting.

“It’s tough losing a rider early on, we know Jack (Smith) is struggling at the moment but even if we take him out, who are will going to put in his place because we still haven’t got the points to play with.

“I think Toby (Musielak) lifted in heat seven when he was leading and there were a couple of riders getting beaten by the reserves but it’s one of those things. All in all, it was a good effort by everybody.

“We haven’t got many meetings left at home, so we need start picking up more points from away fixtures, and I still think it was a point lost tonight.”

KING’S LYNN 49: Robert Lambert 15, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Ty Proctor 8, Simon Lambert 7, Thomas Jorgensen 5+2, Michael Palm Toft 3+2, Jason Garrity 2+1.

SWINDON 41: Nick Morris 10+2, Troy Batchelor 10, Adam Ellis 8+2, Tobiasz Musielak 6, Zach Wajtknecht 4+2, David Bellego 3, Jack Smith 0.

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