Thursday August 08, 2019
SWINDON snatched a 46-44 victory from the jaws of the defeat in an incredible finish to their Premiership clash with Wolverhampton.

The CFS Filtration Robins trailed by eight points on two occasions and were still six down with four heats remaining - as they looked set to suffer a damaging home loss against one of their direct rivals for a play-off place.

But two 5-1s in Heats 12 and 15 transformed the meeting, with the last-race decider featuring a sensational ride by Polish star Tobiasz Musielak to team up with skipper Jason Doyle and stun the Wolves.

And although nobody could begrudge the visitors a league point after leading for almost the entire meeting, the result keeps the Robins on track in their bid for a top four finish, in what is shaping up to be a tight battle between themselves, Wolves, King’s Lynn and also possibly Belle Vue.

Wolves arrived in fast-gating mood, and reeled off wins in each of the first four races with a 5-1 in Heat 2 backed up by 4-2s in the next two, with Musielak crashing out on turn three in his first ride.
Musielak and Rasmus Jensen steadied the Robins’ ship with a 5-1 in Heat 5 but Wolves were in no mood to relinquish the advantage.

And they steadily rebuild their lead to eight points as Sam Masters headed Doyle in Heat 6 for his second win of the meeting, whilst Ryan Douglas and Luke Becker notched a 4-2 in Heat 8 after Swindon’s Adam Ellis had been penalised for movement at the start.

Ellis hit back to partner Doyle to a 5-1 over Nick Morris and Rory Schlein in Heat 10 as the Robins halved the deficit, but Jacob Thorssell’s win over Troy Batchelor in the next was accompanied by third place for Douglas, putting Swindon virtually into last-chance saloon.

Doyle came into Heat 12 as a tactical substitute and both he and Musielak used the wide outside line on turn two to emerge clear of Schlein and Kyle Howarth, cutting the gap to two points.

But Wolves escaped from Heat 13 with a 3-3 thanks to a resolute defence from Thorssell and Masters over Batchelor, and the efforts of Ellis Perks to get on terms with Douglas in Heat 14 just fell short – as Jensen’s win at least gave Robins a chance in the last race.

With a 5-1 required for a victory, and a draw of little use in the league picture, Doyle made the start but Musielak was squeezed out on turn one, before taking the outside to make it around Thorssell on the third bend.

And then to the delight of the Swindon fans, Musielak switched to the inside and made it past Masters coming off turn two on the second lap, with the home duo then holding off the Wolves rider’s challenge to record the critical maximum – and move the Robins back up to fourth in the table.

Manager Alun Rossiter said: “Full credit to all the boys. We were never in front until the last race, but we showed plenty of determination to get the result.

“I thought Jason Doyle was outstanding, he puts everything on the line and that’s why he’s our No.1 – and Tobi really pulled it back for us in Heat 15.

“It’s a vital win for us and now we have some important away matches coming up, because we do need to get some points on the road to give us a cushion.

“We’re more than capable of doing that if we all pull together as a team, and I’m confident we can do that in the next couple of weeks.”

Robins travel to Belle Vue on Monday in the first of three away matches in eight days, with the next Abbey fixture to come against Poole on August 22.

SWINDON 46: Jason Doyle 15+1, Tobiasz Musielak 9+3, Rasmus Jensen 8, Troy Batchelor 7, Adam Ellis 4+1, Ellis Perks 2, Claus Vissing 1.
WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Sam Masters 11, Ryan Douglas 9+1, Jacob Thorssell 8+1, Nick Morris 7+1, Kyle Howarth 5+2, Rory Schlein 3, Luke Becker 1

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