Sunday September 16, 2018
SWINDON need a big performance as they head to King’s Lynn on Monday for the deciding leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final.

The CFS Filtration Robins take a six-point lead into the return fixture of the tie in Norfolk after last week’s hard-working display at home – but now they need to improve upon their recent away form as they bid to remain in contention for further silverware.

Robins suffered defeats at Somerset, Wolverhampton and Poole in their final three away matches of the Premiership campaign, and in all of those they failed to reach the 40-point mark.

But they did score 41 on their last visit to the Adrian Flux Arena in late July – close to their target of 43 for Monday.

Robins will check on the fitness of key reserve Zach Wajtknecht, who suffered a heavy crash in the last-ever meeting at Lakeside’s traditional Arena-Essex Raceway on Friday.

X-rays on a back injury thankfully came back showing no breaks, but a battered and bruised Wajtknecht was still forced to sit out the Hammers’ double-header on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Stars are expected to be back at full-strength with Ty Proctor listed in their line-up following a sternum problem.

They are on a run of ten successive home wins in the Premiership, with skipper Robert Lambert having secured third place in the Speedway Euro Championship over the weekend.

Robins star Troy Batchelor said: “It was good to get the win in the first leg, but six points isn’t a lot, so I wish it was more than that!

“It’s going to be tough on Monday, but we need to win something for the supporters, so we’re digging deep.

“I’ve been in the middle of nowhere over the last few weeks with my equipment, nearly making starts and nearly winning races, but I brought over another engine from Poland last week and it was working a lot better.”

The winners of the tie will face Belle Vue or Somerset in the Final, with the Rebels currently holding a 14-point lead from their home leg.

KING’S LYNN: Robert Lambert, Erik Riss, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Michael Palm Toft, Simon Lambert.

SWINDON: Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Nick Morris, Zach Wajtknecht, Jack Smith.

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