LATE SHOW SEALS WIN AT KIRKY LANE!

Monday August 03, 2009
SWINDON overcame a spirited Belle Vue outfit in the latter stages and posted a fifth victory in their last six visits to Kirkmanshulme Lane.

The win provided the Robins with a full 4 points and extended their cushion at the head of the standings over Wolverhampton – who they entertain at Blunsdon on Thursday – to 5 points.


BELLE VUE
Krzysztof Kasprzak (C) 2 3 3 1 2 - - 11
Charlie Gjedde R/R
Patrick Hougaard 3 2 2 1* 0 - - 8 (1)
Morten Risager 2* 0 1 1* 0 - - 4 (2)
James Wright 1* 2 2 2 0 - - 7 (1)
Ulrich Ostergaard 2 1 1* 1 1* 2 2 10 (2)
Jason Lyons 0 1* R - - - - 1 (1)
Team manager: Chris Morton

SWINDON
Leigh Adams (C) 3 3 3 3 1 - - 13
Ryan Fisher 0 1 2* 0 - - - 3 (1)
Jurica Pavlic 1 D 0 0 - - - 1
Simon Stead 0 3 2 1 - - - 6
Matej Zagar 0 2 3 2* 3 - - 10 (1)
Paul Hurry 1 0 0 - - - - 1
Travis McGowan 3 3 3 3 3 - - 15
Team manager: Alun Rossiter
Referee: Daniel Holt

Ht 1: Adams, Kasprzak, Wright, Fisher (f, rem), 59.3 (3-3)
Ht 2: McGowan, Ostergaard, Hurry, Lyons, 60.1 (5-7)
Ht 3: Hougaard, Risager, Pavlic, Stead, 59.6 (10-8)
Ht 4: McGowan, Wright, Lyons, Zagar, 59.7 (13-11)
Ht 5: Adams, Hougaard, Fisher, Risager, 58.8 (15-15)
Ht 6: Kasprzak, Zagar, Ostergaard, Hurry, 59.3 (19-17)
Ht 7: (Re-Run) Stead, Wright, Ostergaard, Pavlic (f, disq), 60.4 (22-20)
Ht 8: McGowan, Fisher, Risager, Lyons (ret), 60.4 (23-25)
Ht 9: Zagar, Hougaard, Risager, Hurry, 59.1 (26-28)
Ht 10: Kasprzak, Stead, Ostergaard, Pavlic, 59.7 (30-30)
Ht 11: Adams, Wright, Ostergaard, Fisher, 59.6 (33-33)
Ht 12: McGowan, Ostergaard, Hougaard, Pavlic, 60.6 (36-36)
Ht 13: Adams, Zagar, Kasprzak, Wright, 60.1 (37-41)
Ht 14: McGowan, Ostergaard, Stead, Risager, 60.3 (39-45)
Ht 15: (Nominated) Zagar (g), Kasprzak (r), Adams (y), Hougaard (b), 59.9 (41-49)

Programme changes:
Ht 1: R/R Wright; Ht 6: R/R Ostergaard; Ht 8: R/R Risager; Ht 10: R/R Ostergaard; Ht 12: Ostergaard replaced Lyons; McGowan replaced Hurry.

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

The efforts of Travis McGowan played a pivotal role in the win, with the gritty Aussie resurgent from the reserve berth as he romped to a full 15-point maximum in sensational fashion.

Meanwhile, his fellow wonder from Down Under, Leigh Adams, weighed in with 13 points, whilst Slovenian ace Matej Zagar tallied 10+1.

Elsewhere, a typically tenacious effort from Ryan Fisher saw the American notch a paid four point haul from his first stint in the main body of the Robins' side.

Both Jurica Pavlic and Paul Hurry were hampered by machinery gremlins throughout. Pavlic struggled to overcome a persistent clutch problem whilst Hurry, despite a valiant effort throughout, struggled for speed.

McGowan’s performance was pivotal to Swindon’s eventual success and crucially the Australian was able to conjure a lightening quick start from the unfavoured gate four position in heat fourteen.

Indeed, alongside McGowan, Swindon’s top end fire-power prevailed as Alun Rossiter’s side turned on the style in the concluding stages to secure all four Elite league points on offer.

After twelve heats of speedway the two sides had both acquired thirty six point tallies but a trio of heat advantages in the final three races saw Swindon secure an eight point margin of victory.

The Robins briefly took the lead in race two but a heat three 5-1 advantage from Patrick Hougaard and Morten Risager swung the pendulum in Belle Vue’s favour.

The Aces maintained their slender two point lead until race eight when a 5-1 from the lively pairing of Ryan Fisher and Travis McGowan shuffled Swindon into a two point lead.

The scores then tightened again, before Swindon's late surge proved enough to grab a well deserved victory.





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