WOLVERHAMPTON v ROBINS, PREVIEW

Tuesday October 08, 2019
SWINDON’S play-off destiny will be resolved in just over 24 hours this week – with their semi-final against Wolverhampton set to finally go ahead.

The CFS Filtration Robins and the Wolves have been frustrated by the weather since being paired together at this stage of the Premiership title race, whilst Ipswich qualified for the Grand Final at the end of September when they sensationally dumped out league leaders Poole.

Now the second semi-final takes centre-stage with the Robins travelling to Monmore Green on Wednesday before hosting the return leg at the Abbey on Thursday.

It’s a reverse from the 2017 Grand Final between the clubs when Wolves won the first leg at Swindon before the Robins dramatically turned it around in the Black Country to take the title.

Wolves have not raced as a team since September 17, when they lost at Peterborough, and their last home match was way back on September 2 when they beat King’s Lynn en route to confirming their place in the play-offs.

That came as part of a run of five successive home wins, although the Robins have taken league points on both of their visits this season.

And skipper Jason Doyle goes into the semi-final in good heart after confirming his 2020 Grand Prix place on Saturday, and then retaining the prestigious Czech Golden Helmet title at Pardubice on Sunday.

Manager Alun Rossiter said: “We’re all eager to get going with this tie, it’s been very frustrating with the weather but now it will be good to have two meetings in two nights, and we know what we have to do.

“Wolves is a tough place to go, but our boys have shown they can win races around there this season.

“We need to approach it positively, ride sensibly as a team and I’m confident we can leave in a position where we can win the semi-final at home on Thursday.”

*SUPPORTERS who purchased tickets online for the originally-scheduled home leg on Thursday October 3 should note they can use those same tickets for the re-staging this week (October 10).

WOLVERHAMPTON: Sam Masters, Kyle Howarth, Rory Schlein, Nick Morris, Jacob Thorssell, Ryan Douglas, Luke Becker.
SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Rasmus Jensen, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Claus Vissing.


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