Swindon Speedway – Match preview

Swindon Speedway – Match preview

Swindon Robins will secure top spot in the league and give themselves choice of Play-Off opponent with victory over Wolverhampton in their final regular-season home SGB Premiership fixture at the Abbey this evening.

A 17th successive victory for the Carpets4Less Robins will secure the top spot in the league table ahead of the play-offs, a feat the club last achieved in the 2009 campaign.

That would also give them choice of opponents for the semi-finals, with Wolves – themselves already play-off qualifiers – the only club who can now deny them that accolade.

Robins are also on the brink of recording the best run of consecutive league wins in the top flight of any club for over 30 years.

They currently stand level with the 16-match sequence achieved by Coventry in 2007, and the next mark beyond that was set by Oxford with 19 league wins in succession back in 1985/86, whilst Cradley won 20 on the trot in 1981.

To reach the levels set by the Cheetahs and the Heathens would require the Robins to be victorious in some tough away trips to Rye House (tomorrow) and Wolverhampton (next Monday) but it does underline the stunning run put together by Alun Rossiter’s side.

With Bradley Wilson-Dean still on the sidelines, Rossiter has called up Scunthorpe’s Finnish rider Tero Aarnio to guest at No.6, whilst Newcastle and Lakeside man Alfie Bowtell deputises for Zach Wajtknecht.

The Robins’ top five is unchanged with Nick Morris expected to take his place despite crashing out of a Swedish League quarter-final for Rospiggarna at Lejonen on Tuesday.

Wolves are led by in-form Swedish GP star Fredrik Lindgren, who is on his own impressive run having scored full maximums in his last three matches in the UK as well as a paid maximum in his home country on Tuesday.

The Monmore men include several other riders with good records at the Abbey – including ex-Robin Steve Worrall, who guests for the unavailable Kyle Howarth. The visitors operate rider-replacement for Rory Schlein who, like Howarth, is on duty for his Championship club.

Rossiter said: “Wolves are a formidable side, they’ve had another excellent season and of course there’s every chance we could find ourselves meeting them again in the play-offs.
“For me it’s still too soon to be thinking about who we might pick if we finish top. There’s a lot that can happen still, and nothing is guaranteed as we’ve seen before.
“Wolves will give us a very tough match, I’m absolutely sure of that, but I shall just say to our boys we need to keep on doing what we’ve been doing. There’s no pressure on them, they just need to make things easy for themselves.”

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, David Bellego, Nick Morris, Tero Aarnio, Alfie Bowtell.
WOLVERHAMPTON: Fredrik Lindgren, Steve Worrall, Rory Schlein R/R, Jacob Thorssell, Sam Masters, Mark Riss, Nathan Greaves.

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