WONDERFUL WIN OVER WITCHES!

Thursday August 27, 2009
THE Elite League journey took Swindon to Ipswich for their final away match of the standard programme and, in their quest to finish in pole position, the Robins produced a devastating last few heats to grab 3 precious points.

The side’s main thrust came from Matej Zagar and the gritty Morten Risager, who notched tallies of 11 and 10+2 points, respectively. Meanwhile, skipper Leigh Adams registered two wins on his way to 8+1 points.



IPSWICH
Scott Nicholls 2 3 3 2 3 - - 13
Tobias Kroner R/R
Troy Batchelor 2* R 2 1 - - - 5 (1)
Daniel King (C) 3 3 1* 1 - - - 8 (1)
Robert Miskowiak 2 3 2 2 0 1 - 10
Dawid Stachyra 1* 1 1 1* D - - 4 (2)
Carl Wilkinson D 1* 1 0 0 0 - 2 (1)
Team manager: Pete Simmons

SWINDON
Leigh Adams (C) 3 1* 3 1 0 - - 8 (1)
Ryan Fisher D 2 3 0 - - - 5
Simon Stead 0 2 1* 3 - - - 6 (1)
Travis McGowan 1 F 2 3 - - - 6
Matej Zagar 3 2 3 3 - - - 11
Paul Hurry 2* 0 0 - - - - 2 (1)
Morten Risager 3 0 1 2* 2* 2 - 10 (2)
Team manager: Alun Rossiter
Referee: Dan Holt

Ht 1: (Re-Run) Adams, Nicholls, Stachyra, Fisher (f, disq), 60.1 (3-3)
Ht 2: (Re-Run) Risager, Hurry, Stachyra, Wikinson (f, disq), 60.3 (4-8)
Ht 3: King, Batchelor, McGowan, Stead (f, rem), 60.5 (9-9)
Ht 4: Zagar, Miskowiak, Wilkinson, Risager, 60.7 (12-12)
Ht 5: King, Fisher, Adams, Batchelor (ret), 59.6 (15-15)
Ht 6: Nicholls, Zagar, Wilkinson, Hurry, 60.0 (19-17)
Ht 7: Miskowiak, Stead, Stachyra, McGowan (fell), 60.4 (23-19)
Ht 8: Fisher, Miskowiak, Risager, Wilkinson, 60.6 (25-23)
Ht 9: Zagar, Batchelor, King, Hurry, 59.8 (28-26)
Ht 10: Nicholls, McGowan, Stead, Wilkinson, 59.6 (31-29)
Ht 11: Adams, Miskowiak, Stachyra, Fisher, 60.3 (34-32)
Ht 12: Stead, Risager, Batchelor, Wilkinson, 60.9 (35-37)
Ht 13: (Re-Run) Zagar, Nicholls, Adams, Miskowiak, 60.5 (37-41)
Ht 14: (Re-Run) McGowan, Risager, King, Stachyra (f, disq), 62.1 (38-46)
Ht 15: (Nominated) Nicholls (r), Risager (y), Miskowiak (b), Adams (g), 60.6 (42-48)

Programme changes:
Ht 1: R/R Stachyra; Ht 6: R/R Wilkinson; Ht 8: R/R Miskowiak; Ht 10: R/R Wilkinson; Ht 12: Risager replaced Hurry.

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

SWINDON re-gained top spot in the Sky Sports Elite League courtesy of a well deserved six-point victory at a sun drenched Foxhall Heath.

In an action-packed encounter, the lead changed hands throughout but a spirited late Swindon charge proved enough for Alun Rossiter’s side to register a six point victory and secure three Elite league points.

The Robins’ score-card was headed by a tremendous paid twelve point haul from Morten Risager. The tenacious young Dane displayed impressive speed throughout and was rewarded by receiving a heat fifteen nomination.

Elsewhere, the big two of Leigh Adams and Matej Zagar weighed in with solid scores whilst strong middle order support was provided by Ryan Fisher, Travis McGowan and Simon Stead.

The home side were well served by Grand Prix regular Scott Nicholls who amassed a thirteen point tally whilst Robert Miskowiak contributed a well acquired ten point score.

A heat two 5-1 handed Swindon an early four point lead but Ipswich quickly levelled the scores with a maximum haul of their own in the third.

The Witches nudged ahead with two successive 4-2 race advantages in heats six and seven before Swindon’s Ryan Fisher and Morten Risager struck back with a well worked race eight 4-2.

Ipswich’s slender two point advantage was overhauled in heat twelve through a 5-1 race result from the fast starting Robins’ duo of Simon Stead and Morten Risager.

Nurturing a two point lead, Swindon doubled their advantage with a heat thirteen 4-2 from Matej Zagar and Leigh Adams. Zagar had suffered a heavy fall in the initial staging of the race but showed no ill effects in the re-run as he blazed a super-fast trail to victory.

With Swindon boasting a four-point lead, a penultimate race 5-1 from Travis McGowan and Morten Risager ensured overall victory.

An Ipswich 5-1 in the concluding reduced the Robins’ advantage to six, but the three Elite league points gained places Swindon in a strong position with two home fixtures remaining.


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