Thursday September 12, 2019
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter admitted the Supporters Cup final is “perfectly poised” for a thrilling second leg at the Abbey Stadium.

The CFS Filtration Robins went down by 49-41 at Belle Vue in the first leg in Manchester with a battling display.

Rossiter was clearly annoyed by a referee decision to exclude Jason Doyle in Heat 13 which was a key moment in the first leg.

But he admitted: “I’m disappointed about Heat 13. Jason just made a good start in the first running of the race and was warned.

“That was a blow but I’m disappointed not downbeat. There were plenty of positives tonight and it’s perfectly poised for the second leg.

“We kept it tight for most of the meeting which was the plan. They just pulled away at the end and Heat 13 didn’t help that.

“Our reserves struggled but Adam Ellis and Tobiasz Musielak produced some great races which was vital.

“I’ve spoken to the boys in the changing room. They are OK, we wanted it to be closer but the way we’ve been going at home, we can do the job.”

Belle Vue received a setback on the eve of the meeting by losing Kenneth Bjerre with injury and the Robins seemed in control of the tie by winning the opening five races.

Then a massive 5-1 in Heat 7 from Rasmus Jensen and Musielak gave the Robins a two-point lead and a firm grip on the Cup.

But the Rentruck Aces hit back to lead by four after Heat 11 and the controversial Heat 13 saw another maximum for the home side to go eight in front.

However Doyle and Musielak grabbed a 4-2 in the final race to narrow the gap to eight and the second leg will be a cracking affair on Thursday, September 19.

Belle Vue 49: Dan Bewley 13+2, Jaimon Lindsey 13+1, Max Fricke 9+1, Steve Worrall 7+1, Jye Etheridge 4+2, Dimitri Berge 3+1.
Swindon 41: Jason Doyle 10+1, Troy Batchelor 10, Tobiasz Musielak 9+2, Adam Ellis 5, Rasmus Jensen 4, Claus Vissing 3, Ellis Perks 0.

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