COVENTRY 43 - SWINDON 47!

Friday April 24, 2009
SWINDON registered a thrilling 4-point victory against Coventry on a night of exciting action at the Bees’ Brandon raceway.

The large number of Robins’ fans who made the trip to Warwickshire witnessed a terrific encounter and we’re rewarded with Swindon’s first away win of the 2009 campaign.

The 3 league points acquired means that Alun Rossiter’s side now share top spot in the Sky Sports Elite League table with Wolverhampton, albeit with the Black Country side in pole position on race-points difference.


Thursday 23 April 2009
COVENTRY BEES 43 SWINDON ROBINS 47
Sky Sports Elite League ‘A’

COVENTRY
Chris Harris (C) 2 3 3 1 0 - - 9
Ben Barker D 0 3 2* - - - 5 (1)
Olly Allen 0 R 3 2 - - - 5
Edward Kennett 2 2 0 3 - - - 7
Rory Schlein 1* 2 3 3 1 - - 10 (1)
Ricky Wells 0 0 F - - - - 0
Jordan Frampton 2 2 0 1* 2* - - 7 (2)
Team managers: Colin Pratt & Peter Oakes

SWINDON
Leigh Adams (C) 3 3 2 2 2* - - 12 (1)
Travis McGowan 1 1 1* 1* - - - 4 (2)
Simon Stead 1 3 1 3 3 - - 11
Jurica Pavlic 3 1 0 1 - - - 5
Troy Batchelor R 2 2 0 - - - 4
Krzysztof Stojanowski 1 1* 0 - - - - 2 (1)
Ryan Fisher 3 3 2 1* 0 - - 9 (1)
Team manager: Alun Rossiter
Referee: Dave Watters

Ht 1: (Re-Run) Adams, Harris, McGowan, Barker (f, disq), 59.5 (2-4)
Ht 2: Fisher, Frampton, Stojanowski, Wells (f, rem), 60.6 (4-8)
Ht 3: Pavlic, Kennett, Stead, Allen, 59.6 (6-12)
Ht 4: Fisher, Frampton, Schlein, Batchelor (ret), 60.5 (9-15)
Ht 5: Adams, Kennett, McGowan, Allen (ret), 58.6 (11-19)
Ht 6: Harris, Batchelor, Stojanowski, Barker, 59.9 (14-22)
Ht 7: Stead, Schlein, Pavlic, Wells, 60.6 (16-26)
Ht 8: Barker, Fisher, McGowan, Frampton, 60.1 (19-29)
Ht 9: (Re-Run) Allen, Batchelor, Fisher, Kennett (TR), 60.4 (22-32)
Ht 10: Harris, Barker, Stead, Pavlic, 58.9 (27-33)
Ht 11: Schlein, Adams, McGowan, Wells (fell), 59.6 (30-36)
Ht 12: Stead, Allen, Frampton, Stojanowski, 59.6 (33-39)
Ht 13: Schlein, Adams, Harris, Batchelor, 59.6 (37-41)
Ht 14: Kennett, Frampton, Pavlic, Fisher, 61.4 (42-42)
Ht 15: (Nominated) Stead (y), Adams (g), Schlein (b), Harris (r), 59.2 (43-47)

Programme changes:
Ht 9: Kennett (TR), Fisher replaced Stojanowski; Ht 14: Frampton replaced Wells.

NOTE: Under the league scoring system introduced for 2009, Swindon gained 3 points and Coventry received 0.

As normal, skipper Leigh Adams topped the score-chart on 12+1 points, while Simon Stead – on his return to former club Coventry – produced his best showing of the season so far to notch a match-winning tally of 11. Meanwhile, once again American ace-in-the-pack Ryan Fisher provided the fireworks at reserve, notching an excellent 9+1 points.

The Robins hit the ground running and, courtesy of race winners in six of the first seven heats, stormed into a commanding 26-16 lead.

Coventry began to fight-back, however, and provided four race winners on the trot to reduce Swindon’s advantage to 36-30 after heat eleven.

During this period, Edward Kennett was nominated for a tactical ride in heat nine but, although former Robin Olly Allen won the race, Troy Batchelor and the amazing Fisher filled the minor scoring positions to keep the Bees’ No. 4 at the back with no points.

Simon Stead temporarily settled the Robins’ nerves with a flying heat twelve success, but the Bees came right back into the picture through a 4-2 from Rory Schlein and Chris Harris in heat thirteen, thereby setting up a grandstand finish.

Then, the Robins’ supporters were left with their hearts in their mouths, as Kennett and the exciting Jordan Frampton swept either side of Jurica Pavlic off the second bend in the penultimate race to level the scores at 42-42.

However, Swindon won the toss for gate positions in the nominated heat, with Stead catapulting from the outside grid to take charge of proceedings, while Adams superbly cut inside Schlein on the second lap to seal the match points with a classic 5-1.

After the match, Alun Rossiter commented: “If we’d lost that I would have gone mad. It’s a victory against a very good side, but that doesn’t excuse how we almost threw it away.”


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