Thursday July 18, 2019
SWINDON created some breathing space in the Premiership play-off zone with a 52-38 win over nearest rivals Wolverhampton.

The CFS Filtration Robins produced a solid team display, despite being without broken collarbone victim Adam Ellis.

Not only did they maintain their unbeaten record at the Abbey Stadium this year, they also sent Wolves back to the Midlands empty handed with a big 5-1 in Heat 15.

“We said on track walk that was our aim and the boys did it,” stand-in team boss Lee Kilby said.

“Because we were level on points in the league going into tonight, I wanted us to get the three for the win but I also wanted them to get nothing.

“It creates a bit of a gap for us and I’m really proud of the boys.

“They were magic; they did exactly what we wanted them to do and it was a great result in the end.”

Despite winning five out of the first six races, Robins were limited to just a four point advantage early on with four last places limiting their progress.

But they soon stepped things up and found themselves 14-points ahead after ten, courtesy of three heat advantages in the space of four races.

Robins appeared to have seized control of the fixture, but successive maximums for the visitors, both led by skipper Rory Schlein, gave the Abbey outfit something to think about.

But a major turning point came in Heat 13 when Schlein was denied a straight hat-trick of victories as he picked up a disqualification for touching the tapes.

Robins took full advantage with a 5-1 in the re-run as captain Jason Doyle rounded off his warm-up for the weekend’s Speedway of Nations Finals with a paid maximum.

And that was before Troy Batchelor produced a stunning ride to go from last to second to join team-mate Rasmus Jensen out front as another 5-1 denied the visitors a consolation league point.

Robins are back in action at The Abbey Stadium next Thursday (April 25, 7.30) when they take on high flyers Belle Vue.

SWINDON 52: Troy Batchelor 13+3, Rasmus Jensen 12, Jason Doyle 11+1, Tobiasz Musielak 7, Ellis Perks 6+1, Claus Vissing 3+1, Adam Ellis R/R.
WOLVERHAMPTON 38: Rory Schlein 9, Luke Becker 8+2, Ryan Douglas 6+2, Sam Masters 5+2, Nick Morris 5, Kyle Howarth 3, Jacob Thorssell 2.

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