Rossiter gets the eighth victory he asked for

Rossiter gets the eighth victory he asked for

Swindon marched to an eighth successive SGB Premiership victory with an emphatic 56-34 win over rivals Poole on Thursday.

The Carpets4Less Robins are now up to second place in the table as their spectacular run of form was never seriously threatened by a Pirates side who appeared some way off the outfit who drew at the Abbey on Easter Sunday.

The home side put the match beyond the visitors’ reach inside the first six races, and a measure of their performance was that this was the first occasion all season in which the Pirates have failed to take a league point from an away trip.

Skipper Jason Doyle got the ball rolling with a terrific last-bend effort in Heat 1 to snatch victory from ex-Robins favourite Hans Andersen, and reserve duo Adam Ellis and Zach Wajtknecht raced to maximum points in the next race.

Poole missed an opportunity to hit back in Heat 3 when David Bellego was penalised for breaking the tapes; but Jack Holder fell on the second lap when holding a 5-1 with Richie Worrall, forcing Bradley Wilson-Dean into some swift avoiding action.

Worrall won the re-run but the Robins then effectively put the match to bed as they hit the Pirates for three successive 5-1s.

Wajtknecht again demonstrated his maturity by holding Timo Lahti at bay in Heat 4, whilst the next race was hugely damaging for the visitors as Andersen took a tactical ride but was relegated to third place by Bellego and Wilson-Dean.

When Doyle and Tobiasz Musielak romped clear of Lahti in Heat 6, the Robins were 27-9 up and in cruise control, and three successive shared races saw the Pirates make no inroads.

Wilson-Dean slipped off when chasing in Heat 9, and Ellis had a heavier get-off on turn two in Heat 11 but both walked away from the incidents, whilst Wajtknecht became a third faller in Heat 12 when he spun on the pits turn as he was looking to set up a 5-1 with Wilson-Dean.

Again, he walked away, although there was some concern over the youngster as he was unwell in the pits after the crash.

But the Robins still took an 18-point lead into the closing stages, and even though Lahti was a surprise winner of Heat 13 against Doyle and Morris, there was still another 5-1 to come from the home side.

Ellis shot between Worrall and James Shanes off turn two to join Bellego for maximum in Heat 14, before a consolation win for Holder in the last race for the Pirates.
Robins boss Alun Rossiter said: “I can’t ask for any more from the team, the boys are on fire at the moment and now we have to keep it going.

“I think Tobiasz has turned our season, and he’s given the whole team a lift since he arrived. The team is far more balanced now, and it’s really good to see.

“I feel with a couple more away wins we will be able to cement our place in the play-offs, and the way we’re riding at the moment we should be going anywhere with confidence.
“Zach was feeling sick after his crash, I think he took a whack from the handlebars when he came down so we’ll be monitoring that and hopefully he’ll be okay.”

Robins are next in action when they visit King’s Lynn on Wednesday (August 2) before hosting Leicester the Abbey 24 hours later.

SWINDON 56: David Bellego 13, Nick Morris 11+1, Jason Doyle 10+1, Tobiasz Musielak 7+1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 6+2, Adam Ellis 5+1, Zach Wajtknecht 4+2.

POOLE 34: Jack Holder 8+1, Timo Lahti 7, Hans Andersen 6, Richie Worrall 6, Paul Starke 3+2, Edward Kennett 3, James Shanes 1+1.


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