Wednesday September 05, 2018
SWINDON wrap up their regular Premiership campaign on Thursday with fourth-placed Belle Vue visiting the Abbey (7.30pm).

Exactly what overall significance the meeting will have depends upon the Aces’ home fixture with Somerset on Wednesday, as the CFS Filtration Robins hope to remain in play-off contention.

Belle Vue lead the Robins by two points, so a home win against the Rebels will leave them uncatchable, whilst a draw would leave Swindon needing to win by an unlikely 33-point margin on Thursday.

But if the Rebels win at Belle Vue – where they only lost by four points back in April - it would then become a genuine shoot-out between the Robins and the Aces at the Abbey for the final play-off place.

Whatever the situation, Robins will be keen to finish on a high, especially as they still have silverware up for grabs in the KO Cup with a tough semi-final against King’s Lynn looming on the horizon.

Alun Rossiter names a full one-to-seven, whilst the Aces – who picked up a 49-41 win at Swindon three weeks ago, which could prove highly significant in the overall picture – have Todd Kurtz guesting at reserve for Mark Riss with the German on duty for his Championship team Ipswich.

The visitors operate rider-replacement for British youngster Dan Bewley, who is unfortunately on the long-term injury list, but the remainder of their top five are all available, including former British Champion Craig Cook who missed their August visit.

Rossiter said: “We know our destiny is out of our hands, but what will be, will be, and hopefully something will happen on Wednesday to leave us in with a chance.

“If we don’t make it, we’ll only have ourselves to blame, it won’t be down to anyone else, because we have a team which was more than capable of finishing in the top four.

“The team spirit has been excellent, everyone has got on well, but for whatever reason we just haven’t all clicked together in terms of scores on enough occasions.

“Hopefully we will still get the opportunity, and if we do then we have to take it with both hands. If we don’t, then it will be a big disappointment for us all but we will still want to go out with a win, with the KO Cup to come.”

SWINDON: Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Nick Morris, Zach Wajtknecht, Jack Smith.
BELLE VUE: Max Fricke, Dan Bewley R/R, Steve Worrall, Rohan Tungate, Craig Cook, Dimitri Berge, Todd Kurtz.

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