THURSDAY COUNTDOWN IS ON!

Tuesday October 01, 2019
SWINDON are gearing up for their biggest night of the season as they go into Premiership play-off action at the Abbey on Thursday.

The CFS Filtration Robins already have the Supporters’ Cup trophy in the cabinet after last month’s aggregate win over Belle Vue, and now they look to repeat their league title triumph of 2017.

Ironically their semi-final opponents are Wolverhampton – who they defeated in a dramatic Grand Final two years ago, with the issue not resolved until the very last race.

And expectations are that this season’s semi could be just as tight, with both sides completing the regular campaign in terrific form.

Robins will be looking to build a lead on Thursday before travelling to Monmore Green for the second leg on Monday October 7.

Awaiting the aggregate winners is a place in the Grand Final against Ipswich, who stunned champions Poole at Foxhall on Saturday to become the first team in top flight play-off history to take out the league leaders at the semi-final stage.

Should the Robins qualify for the Grand Final, they would host the second leg at the Abbey on Monday October 14.

But their riders must first focus on the Wolves clash, where they face a visiting side who came so close to an away win at the Abbey in early August – until Jason Doyle and Tobiasz Musielak came up with a blockbusting Heat 15 5-1 to snatch a 46-44 Robins victory.

Fellow top-five star Adam Ellis goes into the semi-final in consistent form, having been in paid double-figures in four of the last six regular league matches, including big scores of 11+1 and 12+1 in wins over Ipswich and Peterborough.

Ellis also contributed 10+2 in the second leg of the Supporters’ Cup Final, and in an in-depth interview in Thursday’s match programme, he admits he’s enjoying his racing more than ever.

Said Ellis: “I feel I’m slowly getting better with each year, and next year seems the right time to step up again.

“I’ve felt more comfortable on track when racing from behind. Previously, if I didn’t gate, I wasn’t picking up many points.

“It’s a fine balance, last season I got to June/July and I was sick of speedway – I couldn’t wait for the season to end. This year I’m still hungry and want to get out there and ride the bike still – that’s ideal.”

Swindon v Wolverhampton takes place on Thursday October 3 at 7.30pm. Advance tickets are available from the club website at www.swindon-speedway.com/shoptickets .


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