ROBINS v BELLE VUE, PREVIEW

Wednesday September 26, 2018
SWINDON wrap up their 2018 season with a final Premiership clash against Belle Vue at the Abbey on Thursday (7.30pm).

The CFS Filtration Robins missed out on a play-off place at the expense of the Aces, largely because the Manchester side won on their last completed visit in August.
But the home side will be keen to go out with a win in their last match of the campaign, especially as it marks the final meeting for the existing Abbey circuit before the winter alterations are made.

Robins have their regular top five on track with Adam Ellis now back in action after missing the KO Cup trip to King’s Lynn last week with a shoulder injury.

But they are forced into a change at reserve as Zach Wajtknecht is not fit to resume as he continues to have problems with his back following his crash at Lakeside nearly a fortnight ago.

Wajtknecht has also withdrawn from his call-up for the final round of the World Under-21 Championship in Pardubice on Friday.

Boss Alun Rossiter said: “It’s an official meeting and we will approach it properly and want to go out with a win.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is that people support the team, which will help us out going forward. Calling it ‘meaningless’ is no good to anyone.

“Obviously we’ll be sitting down to discuss things over the winter and there could be a different strategy, but that can only be finalised when we know next year’s structure.

“In the meantime it’s the last chance to see us on track this season, the weather looks to be on our side and hopefully it will be a good night.”

Belle Vue arrive with their seasonal continuation under severe threat, as they were put out of the KO Cup by Somerset last week, and whilst their play-off semi-final against King’s Lynn is at the halfway stage they travel to Norfolk next Monday facing an eight-point deficit.

The Aces are without injured duo Craig Cook and Dan Bewley, and as with their play-off match they bring in a guest in the second-string position, with former Swindon man Josh Grajczonek stepping in for Bewley.

Meanwhile youngster Kyle Bickley gets the call-up at reserve to replace Mark Riss who is withholding his services.

Supporters are reminded that re-admission tickets from the abandoned Swindon v Belle Vue fixture on September 6 will be honoured, at entry prices of £11 adults, £8 concessions and £3 for 11-16s.

SWINDON: Troy Batchelor, Adam Ellis, David Bellego, Tobiasz Musielak, Nick Morris, TBC, Jack Smith.
BELLE VUE: Max Fricke, Steve Worrall, Craig Cook R/R, Rohan Tungate, Josh Grajczonek, Dimitri Berge, Kyle Bickley.


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