STUNNING WIN FOR ROBINS

Thursday August 15, 2019
SWINDON CFS Filtration Robins ended their 479-day wait for an away win in the SGB Premiership on Thursday night when downing title hopefuls Ipswich Witches 37-53 at Foxhall Stadium to collect four valuable SGB Premiership points.

Australian duo Jason Doyle and Troy Batchelor led the way for the Robins, both registering paid maximums, while Pole Tobiasz Musielak’s handy work in the main body of the team propelled Swindon to their biggest league victory on the road since July 2017.

British youngsters Adam Ellis and Ellis Perks also weighed in with above-average scores. Ellis scored 7+1 from his four rides while Perks – who chased former British champion Danny King hard on more than one occasion – returned with 4+1.

Perks’ reserve team mate Kevin Doolan – who guested in place of the suspended Claus Vissing – returned with two points from three rides.

Fans’ favourite Rasmus Jensen experienced a rare off night, but still collected 5+1 despite suffering from mechanical issues that forced him onto Adam Ellis’ machine in his final ride.

And the team spirit highlighted in the above line that pleased CFS Filtration Robins boss Alun Rossiter most.

With the Robins’ play-off credentials served a huge boost, a delighted Rossiter said: “It was a big win, a really big win. I spoke to the team before and had a calm approach.

“There’s no point me telling them what they’ve got to do, they all know what they have to do.

“We need to start pushing ourselves up the table and cut the gap between ourselves and Wolverhampton – and they all agreed, and they delivered.

“All riders did their part tonight, that’s frustrating thing because I know they are capable of doing it.

“We did the job, and they were all fantastic.”

Victory for Swindon moved them three points clear of closest rivals Wolverhampton – and they now sit just four points short of table toppers Poole.

It therefore makes Monday night’s televised fixture all the more mouth-watering for optimistic Robins supporters.

And Rossiter sees no reason why his septet cannot cause another upset on the south coast.

He added: “We won at Poole at the start of the year, and they do have a good side.

“But why can’t we go down there and pick up some points. I believe we can win down there.

“Team spirit is great – and the big difference for us is that we’ve got a track that has settled down at home.

“It’s a happy camp, and I’ve said for years a consistent track at home makes for happy riders and happy mechanics.”

IPSWICH 37: Nico Covatti 12+1, Danny King 8+1, Richard Lawson 5+1, Cameron Heeps 4+1, Chris Harris 4, Krystian Pieszczek 2+2, Jake Allen 2
SWINDON 53: Troy Batchelor 14+1, Jason Doyle 11+1, Tobiasz Musielak 10, Adam Ellis 7+1, Rasmus Jensen 5+1, Ellis Perks 4+1, Kevin Doolan 2
Premiership points: Ipswich 0 Swindon 4

Picture: JEFF HIGGOTT

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