Wednesday August 22, 2018
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter admitted that it was a “turning point” when Tobiasz Musielak and Adam Ellis were involved in a horrific crash in the defeat at Poole.

Robins went down by 54-36 at Wimborne Road but clearly fell away after Heat 7 pile-up which left both away riders left in a heap.

The Wiltshire side simply couldn’t hold onto a resurgent Pirates from that point, the home side landing three 5-1s in the last three heats to flatter the scoreline in their favour.

Rossiter admitted: “It’s a tough one for us to take. We were right in the meeting at that point but it certainly knocked the stuffing out of Tobiasz, that felt like a turning point.

“For a rider of his ability to get nothing was always going to be hard to overcome. Before that point it was nip and tuck and I fancied us to get something out of the meeting.

“Apart from that we were fairly solid but lacked that extra rider. It was always going to be hard for the reserves because Poole are very strong at six and seven.”

There was not a great deal to choose between the sides until the dreadful crash for Adam Ellis and Musielak on the third bend of Heat 7.

A clever tactical substitute move to bring in Troy Batchelor in Heat 9 forced a vital 4-2 and kept the score 29-25 in favour of the Pirates.
Musielak then touched the tapes in the next race and a 5-1 for Poole gave them a vital eight-point cushion.

Another fine ride from Ellis to win Heat 12 narrowed the gap to six points but then it was all about the Pirates with the three successive maximums to wrap it up.

POOLE 54: Kacper Woryna 12+1, Brady Kurtz 12, Chris Harris 11+2, Josh Grajczonek 11+1, Richie Worrall 5+1, Mark Riss 3+1, Nicolai Klindt r/r.

SWINDON 36: Troy Batchelor 9+1, Adam Ellis 9, David Bellego 8+1, Nick Morris 6, Zach Wajtknecht 4, Jack Smith 0, Tobiasz Musielak 0.

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