ROBINS v WOLVERHAMPTON, PREVIEW

Wednesday July 17, 2019
SWINDON face another of their rivals for a play-off place as Wolverhampton visit the Abbey on Thursday (7.30pm).

The CFS Filtration Robins are fourth in the table, level on points with their opponents with both sides at the halfway stage of the regular campaign.

Whilst Swindon are unbeaten at home in 2019, Wolves are on an inconsistent run having dropped more points at Monmore in a 45-45 draw with Ipswich on Monday – to add to two earlier home defeats.

But the West Midlands side did boost their top four hopes with a first away win in nearly two years last Thursday when they were 49-41 victors at Peterborough.

That meeting featured a double-figure score for recent signing Ryan Douglas, who looks set to add strength to the Wolves top five whilst also dropping former Swindon rider Kyle Howarth to reserve.

And Howarth is not the only ex-Robins man in the visiting pits as double title winner Nick Morris lines up against his parent club, looking to kick-start a campaign which suffered a delayed start due to injury.

Swindon welcome back Polish star Tobiasz Musielak from his injury absence, and he lines up at No.3 in a revised riding order as Adam Ellis switches to partner Jason Doyle in the opening race.

Doyle leads the Robins as usual and will then be flying out to Russia to take his place for Australia in the Speedway of Nations Final at Togliatti.

But that event does cause one change to the home set-up as boss Alun Rossiter is away with Great Britain, whose travel arrangements involve them leaving the UK on Thursday evening.

Co-promoter Lee Kilby stands in as manager for the night – and Rossiter admits he’ll be keeping a check on the scores whenever he can!

He said: “I’m sure everything will be in hand and everyone knows Lee, so I’m confident they should be able to get the job done.

“It’s an important meeting for the boys as Wolves went and won at Peterborough, which also shows that we got a decent point at Monmore, and now we need three more at home.

“It will be good to have Tobi back but I stress we need him in the form we’ve come to expect from him, and not just hanging on in there and getting by, and it was a tough call to release David (Bellego) who did a good job for us.

“Naturally I’ll be hoping for good news and you can be sure I’ll be on my ‘phone whenever possible through the evening!”

Thursday’s meeting also features a bonus six races after the Premiership action as Reading face Birmingham in the Midland Development League.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Rasmus Jensen, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Claus Vissing.
WOLVERHAMPTON: Rory Schlein, Ryan Douglas, Jacob Thorssell, Nick Morris, Sam Masters, Kyle Howarth, Luke Becker.


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