Swindon look to strengthen position in play-off race

Swindon look to strengthen position in play-off race

Swindon have the chance to build on their remarkable recent run when they visit King’s Lynn in the SGB Premiership on Wednesday.

It’s the first of three matches in four days for Alun Rossiter’s side, who have won their last eight matches to put themselves into a strong position in the race for the play-offs.

Ironically, their last defeat came in their previous trip to the Adrian Flux Arena on May 31 when the meeting turned on a Heat 13 crash for previously unbeaten skipper Jason Doyle, just when he looked set to complete a key 5-1 with Nick Morris.

But since that result – which came a fortnight after the Stars had also won at the Abbey Stadium – the fortunes of the two clubs have gone in totally opposite directions.

Whilst the Carpets4Less Robins have carried all before them, King’s Lynn have been in turmoil after a controversial home defeat to Poole on July 13 when home riders were unhappy with track conditions.

That resulted in a 28-day ban for 2012 World Champion Chris Holder, and two subsequent postponements mean Wednesday’s fixture will be the first time they have appeared on home shale since that meeting.

And the Stars have now rung the changes with Holder and former Robins skipper Troy Batchelor both axed from the side with Tomas H Jonasson (a Swindon rider in 2010) and Michael Palm Toft coming in, whilst Josh Auty is a third debutant.

Swindon are not without their own problems as Zach Wajtknecht is ruled out following his crash against Poole last Thursday, and his current average of 3.12 in no way reflects the progress he had been making.

Robins have recruited Jake Knight, who has plenty of Adrian Flux Arena experience from his time with King’s Lynn’s National League team, to guest for Wajtknecht.

Rossiter said: “Our last trip to King’s Lynn was the only time this season that we’ve failed to get at least a point from an away match.

“I felt we were a bit unfortunate on that night, and hopefully with the way the boys have been riding lately we’ll go there with plenty of confidence and feeling like we should be able to get at least something from the meeting.

“I know they’ve made several changes so it’s hard to know what to expect from them. I’m sure their new riders will be keen to impress, but it’s a track we can ride well and we’re looking forward to it.

“I feel we need a couple more away wins to cement our place in the play-offs, and it’s all about building momentum at this stage.”

Following the trip to King’s Lynn, Robins host bottom club Leicester at the Abbey on Thursday and then go in search of further away points at Rye House on Saturday.

KING’S LYNN: Robert Lambert, Thomas Jorgensen, Michael Palm Toft, Kai Huckenbeck, Tomas H Jonasson, Josh Auty, Simon Lambert.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Tobiasz Musielak, Bradley Wilson-Dean, David Bellego, Nick Morris, Adam Ellis, Jake Knight.

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