Thursday July 25, 2019
FIRED-UP Swindon demolished play-off rivals Belle Vue 58-32 for their biggest Premiership win of the season.

In front of a bumper Abbey Stadium crowd in glorious weather conditions, the CFS Filtration Robins delivered a totally dominant display and fully merited their margin of victory.

Indeed, they would have topped the 60-point margin but for a couple of early wins from Danish star Kenneth Bjerre for the visitors, and then a stunning Heat 10 effort by youngster Dan Bewley, who overhauled Swindon skipper Jason Doyle in the ride of the night.

But the Robins were otherwise on fire in the summer heat, roaring into an early eight-point lead with 5-1s in Heats 2 and 3, the initial race seeing Aces reserve Tero Aarnio crash out of the meeting when behind Ellis Perks and Claus Vissing.

With Tobiasz Musielak taking control of Heat 3, Rasmus Jensen produced a typically thrilling effort to get the better of Steve Worrall early on and then move inside Bewley for second place.

Jensen and Musielak pulled off another 5-1 in Heat 5, this time at the expense of Aces skipper Max Fricke, before their charge was temporarily halted by Bjerre holding his nerve in a spectacular three-way battle with Doyle and Musielak in Heat 6.

But the Robins then recorded a string of 4-2s to put the match totally beyond the Aces with two wins for Troy Batchelor and another from Musielak, who became the first man to beat Bjerre in Heat 9.

Bewley then had the entire stadium applauding with his Heat 10 move to first go inside Jensen and then reel in and round Doyle off the last bend, and it briefly inspired his team-mates with Batchelor having to pass Jaimon Lidsey in the next race to prevent an Aces’ 5-1.

But the visitors’ tactical substitute move with Bjerre coming into Heat 12 went badly wrong as the Dane slammed through the tapes and could make no impression from the handicap.

Doyle re-passed Fricke to win a high-class Heat 13 for a Swindon 4-2, and the rampant hosts finished off with back-to-back maximums as Jensen and Perks took Heat 14 over Worrall, and Doyle won the finale with Batchelor taking advantage of a Fricke error on lap three to join the captain up-front.

Robins boss Alun Rossiter said: “We’ve got to give our riders all the credit. They just turned it on against a very good team, and we just rode much better.

“Now we have to keep doing what we’re doing. We have a great top five, and young Ellis (Perks) is settling in fantastically, he never gives up and he’s a tenacious character who’s making some really good rides, and Claus (Vissing) also did well with paid-eight although he’s struggling a little with engines.

“I’m also pleased that Tobi is back. It was a really tough decision with David (Bellego) but I felt in my heart that I did start with Tobi, and the only question mark really was over when he came to Poole (injured) when he shouldn’t have done.

“But he’s come back well, he’s riding the bike well and now we just have to keep on plugging away, picking up the three points at home and make sure we also get some points on the road.

“The boys are fully aware of that, we haven’t hit form on the road, but Adam (Ellis) will hopefully be back in a few weeks and at the moment we’re covering for him nicely.”

Robins now have two weeks off before a vital home clash with Wolverhampton – who picked up a league point at Ipswich – on Thursday August 8.

SWINDON 58: Troy Batchelor 13+1, Jason Doyle 13, Tobiasz Musielak 11+2, Rasmus Jensen 10+2, Ellis Perks 6+1, Claus Vissing 5+3, Adam Ellis R/R.
BELLE VUE 32: Dan Bewley 10, Kenneth Bjerre 8, Max Fricke 7+1, Jaimon Lidsey 5, Steve Worrall 1, Dimitri Berge 1, Tero Aarnio 0.
Premiership points: Swindon 3 Belle Vue 0

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