Robins face tough bank holiday double header

Robins face tough bank holiday double header

Swindon will bid to extend their lead at the top of the SGB Premiership in a bumper Bank Holiday Monday of racing at the Abbey Stadium (4pm).


The Carpets4Less Robins, who have won their last 14 matches – the equivalent of half a season – face a double header against Leicester and then Somerset, with six league points available.


And with closest challengers Belle Vue involved in two tough away matches in one day at Poole and Wolverhampton, the picture in the race for first place could be much clearer at the end of a hectic day of racing.


Both the Lions and the Rebels have made previous visits to the Abbey in August, but on this occasion the visiting sides should be much closer to full strength.


Leicester track six of their regular septet with only the injured Pawel Przedpelski on the sidelines.


The Lions are bottom of the table but produced one of the shocks of the season when they won at Belle Vue on Friday and are now fighting to overhaul King’s Lynn in the battle to avoid the promotion/relegation race-off, having picked up three more points against Somerset on Saturday.


Former British Champion Danny King and Swedish star Kim Nilsson lead the East Midlands side; whilst the Rebels team includes former Robins Josh Grajczonek and Charles Wright, who both missed the re-arranged clash between the clubs last Thursday.


The exact make-up of the Somerset team is to be confirmed as both Cameron Heeps and Patrick Hougaard missed meetings earlier in the weekend due to injuries, and Jake Allen has also been ruled out in recent weeks.


With Zach Wajtknecht on the long-term injury list and Bradley Wilson-Dean sidelined with a hand injury, as well as a busy fixture programme elsewhere on Monday, Robins boss Alun Rossiter has booked Sheffield’s Todd Kurtz and Edinburgh’s Mitchell Davey to guest at reserve – and he admits getting Wilson-Dean fit for the play-offs next month is a top priority.


Rossiter said: “I think Brad is going to need a couple of weeks to recuperate. I know we need him back, but there’s no point in rushing him back too early.


“We don’t want him half-fit and not being able to hold on to the bike, we want him to be at least 90 per cent and I’d rather he gets himself ready for the play-offs than attempting to ride on Monday when he shouldn’t be.


“On paper I think the second match could be the tougher one, not so much because of the opposition but because in a double-header the track can go slick.


“We’ve got to make sure we have a bit of dirt on it, and we’ll have the gap in between the meetings to do some work and get it right.


“I’m sure both Leicester and Somerset have the potential to make things tough for us, and it should be a really good day of racing.”


Gates open at 3pm and during the interval between the two meetings Swindon will be holding their annual collection for the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund.


Admission prices for the 30-heat schedule are £25 for adults, £20 concessions, £7 for children aged 11-16, and under-11s free.

 

SWINDON (both meetings): Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, David Bellego, Nick Morris, Todd Kurtz, Mitchell Davey.


LEICESTER: Kim Nilsson, Erik Riss, Lasse Bjerre, Pawel Przedpelski R/R, Danny King, Josh Bates, Kyle Newman.


SOMERSET: Josh Grajczonek, Cameron Heeps, Charles Wright, Patrick Hougaard, Richard Lawson, Jake Allen, Nike Lunna.

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