SWINDON 64 IPSWICH 28!

Thursday June 04, 2009
SWINDON roared to top spot in the Sky Sports Elite League table after registering an emphatic 36-point victory over Ipswich.


Thursday June 4th 2009, Sky Sports Elite League ‘A’

Swindon Robins 64 Ipswich Witches 28
SWINDON
Leigh Adams (C) 3 3 R 2* 3 - - 11 (1)
Travis McGowan 2* 2* 1* 3 - - - 8 (3)
Jurica Pavlic 2* 2* 3 3 0 - - 10 (2)
Simon Stead 3 3 1 3 - - - 10
Matej Zagar 3 3 2 3 - - - 11
Richard Sweetman 2* 1 0 2* - - - 5 (2)
Ryan Fisher 3 2* 2 2* - - - 9 (2)
Team manager: Alun Rossiter

IPSWICH
Jaroslaw Hampel 1 1 3 1 2 - - 8
Leigh Lanham (C) 0 0 3 2 1 - - 6
Tobias Kroner R/R
Daniel King R D - - - - - 0
Piotr Swiderski 1 1 4 2 0 1* - 9 (1)
Dawid Stachyra 1 1 R R R 1 - 3
Carl Wilkinson 0 R 0 1* 1 0 - 2 (1)
Team manager: Pete Simmons
Referee: Christina Turnbull

Ht 1: Adams, McGowan, Hampel, Lanham, 65.18 (5-1)
Ht 2: Fisher, Sweetman, Stachyra, Wilkinson (f, rem), 69.33 (10-2)
Ht 3: Stead, Pavlic, Stachyra, King (f, rem, ret), 66.62 (15-3)
Ht 4: Zagar, Fisher, Swiderski, Wilkinson (ret), 67.56 (20-4)
Ht 5: (Re-Run) Stead, Pavlic, Hampel (TR), Lanham, 66.46 (25-5)
Ht 6: Adams, McGowan, Swiderski, Stachyra (f, rem, ret), 66.20 (30-6)
Ht 7: (Awarded) Zagar, Swiderski (TR), Sweetman, King (f, disq), No Time (34-10)
Ht 8: Lanham, Fisher, McGowan, Wilkinson, 67.90 (37-13)
Ht 9: Pavlic, Swiderski, Stead, Stachyra (ret), 66.27 (41-15)
Ht 10: McGowan, Lanham, Wilkinson, Adams (ret), 68.27 (44-18)
Ht 11: Hampel, Zagar, Lanham, Sweetman, 68.25 (46-22)
Ht 12: Pavlic, Fisher, Wilkinson, Stachyra (ret), 67.39 (51-23)
Ht 13: Zagar, Adams, Hampel, Swiderski, 66.56 (56-24)
Ht 14: Stead, Sweetman, Stachyra, Wilkinson, 68.40 (61-25)
Ht 15: (Nominated) Adams (r), Hampel (y), Swiderski (g), Pavlic (b), 67.58 (64-28)

Programme changes:
Ht 3: R/R Stachyra; Ht 5: TR Hampel; Ht 7: R/R TR Swiderski (Double points); Ht 10: R/R Lanham; Wilkinson replaced King; Ht 12: R/R Wilkinson; Ht 14: Stachyra replaced King.

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

SWINDON posted a resounding 64-28 victory over Ipswich at the Abbey on Thursday evening, their scoring headed by paid double-figure returns from no less than six team members: Leigh Adams 11+1, Matej Zagar 11, Jurica Pavlic 10+2, Simon Stead 10, Ryan Fisher 9+2 and Travis McGowan 8+3.

Aside from the double figure hauls was a well acquired paid seven score for Richard Sweetman. The Australian, making his 2009 home debut, collected two paid victories and showed great maturity throughout.

Ipswich's scorechart was headed by Piotr Swiderski who amassed paid ten whilst compatriot Jarek Hampel contributed eight points. The Witches, already without Tobias Kroner, were dealt a further blow when Daniel King was forced to withdraw from the meeting after a heavy heat seven fall. The Brit struck the air fence on turn one of lap four and suffered concussion.

The Robins held the ascendancy throughout and notched consecutive 5-1 heat advantages in the opening six races. Ipswich's tactical advances were successfully repelled in heats five and seven. Indeed, the visiting side were limited to just a solitary heat advantage throughout and supplied only two race winners.

In total, Swindon collected nine 5-1 heat advantages, one 4-2 and asserted their dominance from the outset.

Matej Zagar showed no ill effects from the shoulder injury he sustained at Ipswich on Monday. The Slovenian rode with trademark flare as he dropped just one point from his four ride schedule.

A sextet of comfortable Swindon 5-1 heat advantages got the meeting underway in impressive fashion. The Witches halted Swindon's charge with a second place for Piotr Swiderski in heat seven whilst the Pole was nominated for a tactical ride.

Leigh Lanham registered Lakeside's first race win of heat eight before Simon Stead and Jurica Pavlic combined to shuffle Swindon's lead to twenty six points after heat nine.

A points share ensued in heat ten as Swindon Captain Leigh Adams endured an engine failure whilst leading the race comfortably.

Jarek Hampel and Leigh Lanham combined to secure Ipswich's first race advantage in heat eleven before three successive 5-1 scores in Swindon's favour ensued.

A 3-3 closed the meeting as Leigh Adams fended off a spirited charge from Ipswich's Polish International Jarek Hampel.

The thumping thirty six point margin of victory sees Swindon elevated to top spot in the Sky Sports Elite league table.



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