Swindon went down to a 51-39 defeat at Poole on Monday lunchtime – with several riders involved in crashes.

As a result, the CFS Filtration Robins have had to change their plans for tonight’s return fixture at the Abbey, which gets underway at 7.30pm.

Rossiter’s side were reduced in numbers on the morning of the meeting with Dawid Lampart ruled out after reportedly suffering a hand injury in Poland yesterday.

Swindon have been informed that Lampart’s UK start permission has now been removed by his Polish club Lublin, and they intend to bring in Danish rider Rasmus Jensen as his replacement (subject to BSPA approval).

But a difficult situation was made far tougher when Tobiasz Musielak, just back from a shoulder injury, came down on a tricky fourth bend in Heat 3 and was withdrawn from the meeting.

Robins will operate rider-replacement for Musielak tonight, and Jensen will make a guest appearance for Lampart prior to his full-time signing.

Conditions caught out several riders but the home side gradually extended their lead despite two early wins for Robins skipper Jason Doyle, whilst Adam Ellis took the flag in Heat 7.

Then Doyle came to grief on turn four in Heat 9 when trying to pass Nicolai Klindt, with the interval taken early before the Pirates raced to a 5-1 in the re-run.

Debutant Ellis Perks had given a lively display but was then involved in a major Heat 11 pile-up with Richard Lawson, from which both riders fortunately walked away, whilst Doyle overtook Nico Covatti to win a second re-run after Zach Wajtknecht, who replaced Perks, became the latest rider to fall.

The incidents mounted up with home man Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen crashing out of Heat 12 and then Klindt breaking the tapes which ended up wrapped around Wajtknecht.

Doyle and Troy Batchelor gave the travelling Robins fans something to cheer with a 5-1 in Heat 13 before Perks came down again in the next, and Batchelor ended a long-running meeting at the front of a Swindon 4-2 in Heat 15.

Rossiter said: “Conditions were obviously difficult, day meetings are never ideal and we need to bounce back tonight at home.

“The good thing was that it was a really spritely debut from Ellis, he was really in the mix and that’s very encouraging.

“Adam rode really well, as did Jason and Troy after his first ride, but we just had too many things go against us.

“We knew there was an issue developing with Dawid over the weekend and it’s not a situation we can put up with, so I spoke to Rasmus, who’s a rider I’ve looked at signing before and he was keen to come in.

“We’ve got to await approval before announcing him officially, but as it turned out he was available to guest tonight so we look forward to seeing him in action.”

POOLE 51: Nico Covatti 10, Richie Worrall 9+2, Jack Holder 9, Josh Grajczonek 7+3, Nicolai Klindt 7, Richard Lawson 5+2, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 4+1.

SWINDON 39: Jason Doyle 12, Adam Ellis 11, Troy Batchelor 10+1, Ellis Perks 5, Zach Wajtknecht 1, Tobiasz Musielak 0, Dawid Lampart r/r.

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