ROBINS CLIP EAGLES' WINGS

Monday June 29, 2009
POWERFUL performances from super skipper Leigh Adams (13), gritty fellow Aussie Travis McGowan (11+2), Slovenian ace Matej Zagar (11+1) and flyin' Ryan Fisher (9+3) saw Swindon romp back to the top of the Sky Sports Elite League standings courtesy of a 50-40 success at Eastbourne.


EASTBOURNE
Davey Watt (C) 1 2 1* F - - - 4 (1)
David Norris R/R
Lewis Bridger 3 2 2 2 3 2 - 14
Cameron Woodward F 1* 1 1* 0 - - 3 (2)
Lukas Dryml 3 3 1 3 1 0 - 11
Ricky Kling 3 0 0 0 - - - 3
Simon Gustafsson 0 0 0 2* 3 - - 5 (1)
Team manager: Trevor Geer

SWINDON
Leigh Adams (C) 2 3 2 3 3 - - 13
Jurica Pavlic R/R
Simon Stead 2 0 2* 0 0 - - 4 (1)
Travis McGowan 1* 3 2* 3 2 - - 11 (2)
Matej Zagar 2 3 3 2* 1 - - 11 (1)
Paul Hurry 1* 1 0 - - - - 2 (1)
Ryan Fisher 0 2 1* 3 1* 1 1* 9 (3)
Team manager: Alun Rossiter
Referee: Dale Entwistle

Ht 1: Dryml, Adams, Watt, Fisher (4-2)
Ht 2: Kling, Fisher, Hurry, Gustafsson (7-5)
Ht 3: Bridger, Stead, McGowan, Woodward (fell) (10-8)
Ht 4: Dryml, Zagar, Fisher, Gustafsson (13-11)
Ht 5: Adams, Bridger, Woodward, Stead (16-14)
Ht 6: (Re-Run) Zagar, Watt, Hurry, Kling (18-18)
Ht 7: McGowan, Stead, Dryml, Kling (19-23)
Ht 8: Fisher, McGowan, Woodward, Gustafsson (20-28)
Ht 9: Zagar, Bridger, Woodward, Hurry (23-31)
Ht 10: McGowan, Bridger, Watt, Stead (26-34)
Ht 11: (Re-Run) Dryml, Adams, Fisher, Kling (29-37)
Ht 12: Bridger, Gustafsson, Fisher, Stead (34-38)
Ht 13: Adams, Zagar, Dryml, Watt (fell) (35-43)
Ht 14: Gustafsson, McGowan, Fisher, Woodward (38-46)
Ht 15: (Nominated) Adams (g), Bridger (b), Zagar (y), Dryml (r) (40-50)

Programme changes:
Ht 1: R/R Dryml; R/R Fisher; Ht 5: R/R Stead; Ht 6: R/R Kling; Ht 8: R/R Woodward; R/R McGowan; Ht 10: R/R Bridger; Ht 11: R/R Fisher; Ht 12: Fisher replaced Hurry; Ht 14: Gustafsson replaced Kling.

NOTE: Under the league scoring system introduced for 2009, Eastbourne gained 0 points and Swindon received 4.

Swindon moved to top spot in the Sky Sports Elite League table with a impressively acquired 10-point victory in Sussex.

Eastbourne held a slender lead in the opening sector of the encounter but a mid meeting surge from Swindon saw Alun Rossiter’s side construct an 8-point advantage.

That margin was well nurtured by the Robins’ septet and despite being slashed to 4 points after heat twelve, a crucial race thirteen 5-1 re-established the 8-point cushion.

A points share in the penultimate outing and a 4-2 in the concluding race shuffled Swindon’s eventual margin of victory to an impressive ten point figure.

Solid scores from the Robins’ big two of Leigh Adams, Matej Zagar and a plucky performance from Travis McGowan provided the backbone of Swindon’s success.

Elsewhere, Ryan Fisher notched paid 11 from his seven ride schedule and the American thrill-merchant was in the thick of the action throughout.

Eastbourne were well served by heat leader Lukas Dryml who amassed eleven points whilst teenager Lewis Bridger showed great speed en-route to a 14-point tally.

A frantic heat one that saw the Eastbourne pairing of Davey Watt and Lukas Dryml share the lead on the back straight. Leigh Adams recovered from a hectic first corner to pass Davey Watt on turn four of lap one.

The Swindon skipper then charged after Lukas Dryml but despite a valiant effort it was the Eastbourne rider who prevailed. The resultant 4-2 provided Eastbourne with an early two point advantage.

Ricky Kling conjured an impressive start in heat two to register a tapes to flag victory. Ryan Fisher rode a tight line as he attempted to forge a route past Kling but was ultimately unable to challenge the Swedish rider.

A second successive points share ensued as Lewis Bridger showed great speed to collect victory. The Swindon pairing of Simon Stead and Travis McGowan filled the minor placing after jointly exploiting a first bend mistake from Cameron Woodward.

A terrific heat four followed as Lukas Dryml and Matej Zagar indulged in a fabulous scrap from the outset. Zagar experimented with an array of varying lines as he attempted to move past Dryml but the Eastbourne rider repelled all of the Slovenian’s advances.

A characteristically smooth Leigh Adams victory followed in heat five and the Robins’ skipper was untroubled throughout. Further back, Simon Stead applied pressure to Cameron Woodward in the earlier stages but was eventually forced to settle for fourth place.

Adams’ dominance was replicated in race six by Matej Zagar who romped to a comprehensive victory. Paul Hurry overcame a strong first corner challenge from Ricky Kling to secure third spot which provided Swindon with their first heat advantage of the evening and levelled the scores at eighteen apiece.

Swindon assumed the meeting lead with a hard fought heat seven 5-1 which saw Travis McGowan gain the ascendancy on the opening lap. The Robins’ duo then rode shrewdly to fend off a persistent challenge from a hard charging Lukas Dryml and in doing so moved Swindon into a four point lead.

Swindon’s mid meeting surge continued with a well worked 5-1 courtesy of a fast ride from Ryan Fisher and an intelligent heat from Travis McGowan.

An Arlington stadium master class from Matej Zagar secured a race nine points share. The stylish Slovenian rode a majestic first bend and flirted with the wider dirt as he blazed an emphatic trail to victory.

Quickly after, Travis McGowan rode superbly to register a fabulous heat ten victory. The Swindon second string conjured a decent start from gate one and then adopted a clever line to hold off the persistent challenges of Davey Watt and Lewis Bridger. Riding half track high and showing plenty of track craft, McGowan’s victory maintained Swindon’s 8-point advantage.

A lively Lukas Dryml inflicted defeat on Leigh Adams in heat eleven and the Czech International displayed impressive speed out front. Adams and Ryan Fisher filled the minor placings to maintain Swindon’s eight point advantage.

Eastbourne hit back with a 5-1 from the youthful pairing of Lewis Bridger and Simon Gustafsson in heat twelve. The advantage slashed the Robins’ lead to four point with three races remaining.

However, Leigh Adams and Matej Zagar restored Swindon’s eight point cushion with a sensational 5-1 advantage in heat thirteen. The Robins’ big two led from the tapes and roared away from the Eastbourne pairing.

The hard working Swindon duo of McGowan and Fisher ensured Swindon collected overall victory with a points share in the penultimate race.

The pairing team rode to repel a race long charge from Cameron Woodward whilst Simon Gustafsson eased to a tapes to flag win out front.

A memorable concluding heat saw Leigh Adams race away from the tapes whilst Matej Zagar fought past Lukas Dryml into third spot. The Slovenian then mounted a late challenge on Lewis Brider and also pipped the Eastbourne youngster on the charge to the flag.

The resultant 4-2 ensured Swindon collected all 4 league points on offer and hit top spot in the Elite league table.






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