POOLE 43 - SWINDON 47!

Wednesday August 12, 2009
SWINDON have moved 4 points clear at the top of the Elite League standings, courtesy of a hard-fought 47-43 victory at Poole.

A paid 11-point haul from Mark Lemon was integral to the Robins' triumph, the experienced Australian excelled from the reserve berth and collected two heat wins.


Wednesday 12 August 2009, Sky Sports Elite League ‘B’
Poole Pirates 43 - Swindon Robins 47

POOLE PIRATES
Hans Andersen 2 2 3 1 2* - - 10 (1)
Joe Screen 0 1* 1 1 - - - 3 (1)
Leon Madsen 0 0 1* 2 - - - 3 (1)
Bjarne Pedersen (C) 3 2 2 2 - - - 9
Chris Holder 3 3 3 3 3 - - 15
Ben Wilson 3 R 0 0 D - - 3
Steve Boxall 0 0 0 - - - - 0
Team manager: Neil Middleditch

SWINDON ROBINS
Leigh Adams (C) 3 3 2 0 0 - - 8
Travis McGowan 1 1 2* 1* - - - 5(2)
Jurica Pavlic 1* 2 0 1 - - - 4(1)
Simon Stead 2 1* 2 3 - - - 8(1)
Matej Zagar 2 3 3 2 1 - - 11
Paul Hurry 1* 0 0 - - - - 1 (1)
Mark Lemon 2 1* 3 3 1 - - 10(1)
Team manager: Alun Rossiter
Referee: Mick Bates

Ht 1: Adams, Andersen, McGowan, Screen, 57.96 (2-4)
Ht 2: Wilson, Lemon, Hurry, Boxall, 59.94 (5-7)
Ht 3: Pedersen, Stead, Pavlic, Madsen, 59.02 (8-10)
Ht 4: Holder, Zagar, Lemon, Boxall, 58.51 (11-13)
Ht 5: Adams, Pedersen, McGowan, Madsen, 58.23 (13-17)
Ht 6: Zagar, Andersen, Screen, Hurry, 58.20 (16-20)
Ht 7: Holder, Pavlic, Stead, Wilson (f, rem, ret), 59.14 (19-23)
Ht 8: Lemon, McGowan, Screen, Wilson, 60.07 (20-28)
Ht 9: Zagar, Pedersen, Madsen, Hurry, 59.02 (23-31)
Ht 10: Andersen, Stead, Screen, Pavlic, 59.67 (27-33)
Ht 11: Holder, Adams, McGowan, Wilson, 58.97 (30-36)
Ht 12: Lemon, Madsen, Pavlic, Boxall, 60.70 (32-40)
Ht 13: Holder, Zagar, Andersen, Adams, 59.61 (36-42)
Ht 14: (Re-Run) Stead, Pedersen, Lemon, Wilson (f, disq), 60.09 (38-46)
Ht 15: (Nominated) Holder (r), Andersen (b), Zagar (g), Adams (y), 59.25 (43-47)

Programme changes:
Ht 8: Wilson replaced Boxall; Ht 12: Lemon replaced Hurry.

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

Swindon’s impressive domestic form continued as Alun Rossiter’s side plundered 3 Elite League points in Dorset. Indeed, the Robins’ septet rode solidly throughout and held the ascendancy from the go.

The victory means Swindon now nurture a 4-point Elite League advantage over second placed Wolverhampton, with both sides having completed 26 of their 32 scheduled fixtures.

Swindon limited Poole to just three heat advantages during the course of the evening, the first of which came in race ten.

The Robins’ scorecard was jointly headed by Mark Lemon (10+1) and Slovenian thrill merchant Matej Zagar (11).

Lemon, making his 2009 Robins’ debut, rode excellently throughout and his eventual double-figure tally was influential in the final outcome.

The experienced Australian carded race wins in heats eight and twelve, much to the delight of the travelling Swindon support.

Meanwhile, Zagar showed oodles of class as he notched two race wins from his five-ride schedule. Travis McGowan and Simon Stead provided sturdy support from their second-string roles, whilst Jurica Pavlic contributed a lively paid 5 contribution.

Swindon captain Leigh Adams started the meeting strongly, but uncharacteristically failed to score from his concluding two outings.

The Poole scoring was fronted by an immaculate full five-ride maximum from Australian international Chris Holder. The Pirates’ heat-leader was sublime from the off and blazed an emphatic trail all night long.

The youngster enjoyed decent support from Hans Andersen (10+1), whilst Bjarne Pedersen amassed a 9-point tally.

An opening race 4-2 from Adams and McGowan propelled Swindon into an early lead. Point-shares in the ensuing three heats maintained Swindon’s slender 2-point advantage, before Adams and McGowan combined once again for a heat five 4-2.

With Swindon leading by 4 points, 3-3 race results followed in heats six and seven, before a well worked 5-1 from the Robins’ Australian duo of Lemon and McGowan in the ensuing race extended the lead to an 8-point margin.

Zagar romped to a comfortable heat nine win, which was quickly followed by a Poole heat advantage - their first of the night - in race ten.

With Swindon’s lead reduced to 6 points, a Holder heat eleven victory ensured the meetings seventh 3-3.

A scintillating ride from Lemon in the ensuing heat saw him notch victory and, with Pavlic in third spot, the resultant 4-2 in Swindon’s favour again extended the lead to 8 points.

The two sides traded blows in the thirteenth and penultimate outings, firstly Holder and Andersen notched a 4-2 over Adams and Zagar. Then, the Swindon duo of Stead and Lemon registered a heat fourteen 4-2 to ensure a Robins’ victory.

The eye-catching Holder collected victory in the concluding race and was joined out front by Andersen. The resultant 5-1 in Poole’s favour narrowed Swindon’s eventual margin of victory to 4 points, still enough to secure 3 valuable Elite League points.



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