Monday July 08, 2019
SWINDON picked up a useful away point from a 48-42 defeat at Wolverhampton in the Premiership on Monday.

It was the first time the CFS Filtration Robins had scored on the road since their previous trip to the Black Country in mid-April, and it was a deserved outcome as they fought back from ten points down to force a last-heat decider.

A 5-1 in the final race would have snatched an unlikely draw, although that would have been the most optimistic of outcomes as Wolves had very much the preferable gates for the decider.

But Swindon skipper Jason Doyle successfully split Jacob Thorssell and Rory Schlein after the Swede had made a flyer of a start from the inside, to ensure the Robins went away with a point.

Doyle and David Bellego had got the visitors off to a terrific opening with a 5-1 in Heat 1, but a series of Wolves advantages followed with Luke Becker a key man.

The American youngster roared round Ellis Perks to take Heat 2 and then combined with Sam Masters over Troy Batchelor in Heat 4 for the home side’s first 5-1.

Becker and newcomer Ryan Douglas then secured a Heat 8 maximum to increase the advantage to ten points – but the Swindon response was excellent as they took the next six race wins.

After two point-less opening rides, Adam Ellis won his next two, whilst a tactical substitute outing for Troy Batchelor saw him edged out for second place behind Doyle in a fine Heat 11 scrap.

That was the first of three successive Swindon 4-2s as Rasmus Jensen won Heat 12 with Perks notching a crucial third place ahead of Becker – and there was drama in Heat 13 with Rory Schlein and Doyle side by side until Schlein made contact on lap two and both riders came down.

Doyle won the re-run with Masters re-passing Batchelor for second place, but a good win for Ellis in Heat 14 still put Swindon into a last-heat decider, where Doyle made sure of some reward.

Boss Alun Rossiter said: “I think we deserved that. It was a tough meeting, and gates 1 and 3 were certainly the best gates, but it was the same for everybody and a good battling performance.

“It was always a big ask going off gates 2 and 4 in the last one, and we knew if we didn’t make it, just get a second place – but Jason Doyle went big again for us, and fair play to him.”

Robins return to the Abbey on Thursday when they host King’s Lynn, who themselves secured a big home win over Poole on Monday.

WOLVERHAMPTON 48: Jacob Thorssell 13, Luke Becker 10+1, Sam Masters 8+1, Rory Schlein 6, Ryan Douglas 5+2, Nick Morris 4+2, Kyle Howarth 2+1.
SWINDON 42: Jason Doyle 12+1, Troy Batchelor 9, Rasmus Jensen 8, Adam Ellis 6, Ellis Perks 4, David Bellego 3, Danny Ayres 0.

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