Monday September 17, 2018
SWINDON suffered last heat heartache at King’s Lynn as they narrowly missed out on a place in the Premiership Knockout Cup Final.

The CFS Filtration Robins conceded a 5-1 in the final race as they went down 51-39 in Norfolk, losing 93-87 on aggregate.

It had been a brave effort from the Blunsdon outfit who were dealt a triple blow in the build-up to the fixture.

Key duo Adam Ellis and Zach Wajtknecht had both been ruled out through injury after crashing while on Championship duty with Lakeside over the weekend while reserve Jack Smith was suffering from tonsillitis.

Yet despite their line-up woes, they took the fixture right to the Stars who finished top of the regular Premiership league standings.

King’s Lynn enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges before David Bellego and Troy Batchelor pulled the overall scores level with a 5-1 in Heat Five.

And it was that same pairing who gave the Robins hope with another maximum in Heat 11 after Robert Lambert and Erik Riss secured two 5-1s for the hosts in between.

A hat-trick of shared heats took it down to a last heat decider - before the tension and drama was ramped up another notch.

Batchelor and home skipper Lambert tangled in the opening turns, causing the Stars man to come down - much to the displeasure of the King’s Lynn faithful.

But the Robins duo were unable to make the start in the re-run and saw any hopes of silverware dashed in the cruelest of fashions.

Team boss Alun Rossiter said: “I’m bitterly disappointed to miss out the way we did but we certainly can’t fault the effort of the boys with everything considered.

“I know they had (Niels-Kristian) Iversen withdraw after his second ride, but for me we really missed Adam and Zach in particular with how they’ve been riding of late.

“But to come to an in-form King’s Lynn side and push them so close is a great effort and the boys should hold their heads up high.

“I was a bit disappointed in the response from their supporters (after the crash in Heat 15).

“They were more like football hooligans and I was absolutely disgusted with it.

“If it had been the fault of one of our boys then I could perhaps understand it a little bit more. But it wasn’t even in the first corner; Robert Lambert was just the meat in the sandwich in what was a hard run into the first bend all-round.

“I’ve always had a good time when I’ve come to King’s Lynn but their response was so uncalled for and it was disgraceful – they were like football thugs.

“With the things that went on, that should never happen in speedway.

“It would’ve been nice to reach a cup final but that just sums up our season though I guess and again it was obviously something that just wasn’t meant to be.”

The Robins will now round off their campaign at The Abbey Stadium on Thursday, September 27 (7.30) when they host Belle Vue in their outstanding league fixture which has to be completed.

KING’S LYNN 51: Robert Lambert 14+1, Erik Riss 12+3, Michael Palm Toft 12+1, Simon Lambert 7+1, Thomas Jorgensen 4+2, Niels-Kristian Iversen 2+1, Ty Proctor R/R.
SWINDON 39: Tobiasz Musielak 13, Troy Batchelor 9+2, David Bellego 9, Nick Morris 6+1, Theo Pijper 2+1, Scott Campos 0, Adam Ellis R/R.
King’s Lynn win 93-87 on aggregate.

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