Wednesday June 12, 2019
SWINDON return to Premiership action on Thursday with a trip to second-placed Ipswich (7.30pm).

The Witches are newcomers to the top-flight this year but have put together an impressive home record with four league wins out of four at Foxhall.

However, the CFS Filtration Robins can take some encouragement from their display in Suffolk in the Premiership Supporters’ Cup, where they gained a point from a 42-48 defeat in a hard-fought meeting.

And Alun Rossiter’s side are boosted by the return of Polish star Tobiasz Musielak who has missed their recent matches with shoulder injuries but made a successful comeback in Poland last weekend.

Meanwhile, Robins again plug the gap at reserve left by Zach Wajtknecht’s decision to quit by handing another opportunity to Paul Starke as a guest.

Rossiter said: “Paul is definitely one of the riders we’re looking at for that position, and people didn’t realise that he was trying out a different engine last week because he blew one at Redcar when he potentially would have won the British semi-final.

“I don’t think we saw the real Paul Starke at Swindon, but we have a bit of time to look around, weigh our options up and make the right decision – and he’s certainly in contention.”

Ipswich hand a debut to recent signing Edward Kennett, who has replaced Robins asset David Bellego in their one-to-seven.

The Witches are also without in-form reserve Jake Allen due to a shoulder injury, with former Swindon man Kyle Howarth stepping in to guest, whilst rider-replacement operates for the unavailable Krystian Pieszczek.

Rossiter added: “Obviously they have brought in a track specialist in Edward, who does very well around the smaller tracks and it will probably make them even stronger at home.

“We sneaked a point there last time, and I do feel we’re going to have to have our gating gloves on there if we’re going to get something from this meeting.

“The track there is fine, it’s nice and smooth, but if the boys pop out of the start and get on that grippy line it can be tough to pass with the clay content.”

IPSWICH: Richard Lawson, Krystian Pieszczek R/R, Chris Harris, Edward Kennett, Danny King, Cameron Heeps, Kyle Howarth.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Rasmus Jensen, Tobiasz Musielak, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Paul Starke.

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