Thursday June 27, 2019
SWINDON marched into the Final of the Premiership Supporters’ Cup with an emphatic 58-32 win over King’s Lynn at the Abbey.

The CFS Filtration Robins hit top form to sweep the Stars aside and book a two-legged trophy decider with Belle Vue, who topped the Northern section of the competition.

Skipper Jason Doyle scored a faultless 15-point maximum and there were contributions right down the order as the Robins controlled proceedings virtually from the outset.

The home side recorded two 5-1 in the opening four heats, and both involved club asset Stefan Nielsen who made an impressive guest appearance to follow Ellis Perks home in Heat 2 and then team up with Troy Batchelor over Ty Proctor in Heat 4.

With Doyle and Rasmus Jensen lowering the colours of Stars skipper Robert Lambert in the early stages, it was Craig Cook who carried the most fight to the home side.

But just as the visitors looked set to cut a 12-point deficit in Heat 7, Thomas Jorgensen lifted and fell on the second lap to ruin their hopes of a 5-1 – although Cook pulled off a fine ride in the re-run to go from third to first on turn four, with Perks subsequently suffering mechanical trouble.

Robins put the meeting all but beyond their opponents with a 5-1 from Jensen and Adam Ellis in Heat 9, and the advantages continued to flow in the closing stages of the meeting.

Batchelor and Jensen teamed up to edge out Lambert for maximum points in Heat 13, and as Doyle completed his maximum in the next Jensen again showed his all-out racing mentality by snatching third place from Jorgensen on the line.

Lambert gave the Stars mild consolation with a Heat 15 win over Batchelor and Ellis, but it was a fully convincing Swindon display overall.

Manager Alun Rossiter said: “I think we had to make up for our poor performance at Peterborough, and there are no grumbles from me tonight.

“It was a good, solid performance despite a couple of engine blows for David (Bellego) and Ellis (Perks), but Stefan came in for us and did a great job.

“The boys have got their act together and the track is riding really well now – as Rasmus showed at the end with his never-give-up effort to snatch third from Jorgensen.

“It’s good to reach the Final and it would be nice to get it in before October so hopefully it’s done in good weather and with a good crowd for both meetings.”

Robins meet King’s Lynn again on Monday, this time at the Adrian Flux Arena in a Premiership fixure, and host Ipswich at the Abbey next Thursday.

SWINDON 58: Jason Doyle 15, Troy Batchelor 13, Rasmus Jensen 9+3, Adam Ellis 8+1, Stefan Nielsen 5+2, Ellis Perks 4+1, David Bellego 4.
KING'S LYNN 32: Craig Cook 12, Robert Lambert 10, Michael Palm Toft 4+2, Ty Proctor 4, Thomas Jorgensen 1+1, Lewis Kerr 1, Simon Lambert 0.

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