Swindon take a handy 46-44 lead into their Premiership Play-off semi-final second leg after a hard fought and dramatic night at Poole.
Strength in-depth proved to be the key with Robins giving a powerhouse performance and had the win secured with two heats to spare.
But boss Alun Rossiter warned: “It’s not all over, there’s still 15 races to go in this tie.
“I’m pleased with the result and the performance but we won’t be taking anything for granted because we’ve still got work to do.”
And on the absence of reserve Bradley Wilson-Dean with Poole specialist Kyle Newman taking his place, Rossiter said: “Bradley called me at 10am and we needed to secure a replacement.
“I had to do the best I could for Swindon Speedway and we thank Kyle for stepping in and doing the job he did.”
Robins showed plenty of determination from the opening race when Jason Doyle and Adam Ellis passed Jack Holder for a 3-3 behind Brady Kurtz.
They were, however, handed a slice of fortune in the next when Paul Starke packed up on a 5-1 with James Shanes.
When David Bellego and Tobiasz Musielak held on for a thrilling maximum in Heat 7 it handed Alun Rossiter’s men a handy cushion.
Riders swapped places regularly in some dramatic action with both sides totally committed to the cause.
None more so than Heat 9 when guest Kyle Newman partnered Nick Morris to give Robins a 31-23 lead.
But Poole dug deep to end the meeting with two maximums of their own to close the gap and make the return leg more interesting.
Swindon return to the Abbey this Thursday, September 14, for the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final with Belle Vue.
POOLE 44: Brady Kurtz 10+1, Hans Andersen 10, Paul Starke 8, Edward Kennett 7+1, James Shanes 5, Jack Holder 3, Timo Lahti 1.
SWINDON 46: Tobiasz Musielak 10+1, Jason Doyle 10, Kyle Newman 8+1, Nick Morris 7+3, David Bellego 6, Adam Ellis 4+2, Mitchell Davey 1+1.