Swindon were held to a 45-45 draw by Poole as a bruising Bank Holiday Monday resulted in just one Premiership point for the Abbey side.
The CFS Filtration Robins never trailed on the night, yet with the Pirates gaining momentum the longer the meeting went on, and skipper Jason Doyle unable to take his final programmed ride, there was the feeling that the home side had still taken one more league point than might have been the case.
As it was, that point was gained by a brave ride by Troy Batchelor to sweep around Nicolai Klindt for third place going into the last lap of Heat 15 to complete a 3-3 with the hugely impressive Rasmus Jensen.
The Dane is set to join the Robins on a full-time basis but answered a late SOS to guest on Monday night following the problems at Wimborne Road at lunchtime, and he tallied a remarkable 14+1 on his first appearance at the Abbey.
Two of those were 5-1s with Doyle, and having recorded three maximums in the first six races it looked like it could be plain sailing for Swindon.
But Poole had been unfortunate early on with Jack Holder failing to finish Heat 1 – the Australian did not drop another point in the meeting – whilst Nico Covatti lost certain victory in the reserves’ race when he broke down on the last lap.
With track conditions also causing concerns on the entry to the first bend, the balance of power gradually shifted, and a series of Pirates’ advantages saw them level the scores after Heat 11.
Home debutant Ellis Perks notched a fine third place in Heat 12, just pipped to second spot by Klindt as the Robins edged back ahead, but that was cancelled out in the next with Doyle unable to ride after taking a knock in his third outing.
With Heat 14 shared by the visitors behind race winner Adam Ellis, the Pirates looked like engineering a victorious position as they held a 4-2 for much of the race, but finally Batchelor’s outside move paid dividends to at least save a point for Swindon.
Manager Alun Rossiter said: “We have to take the point after that. Things weren’t perfect tonight, like they weren’t at Poole this morning, and it’s frustrating for everyone that it turned out like that.
“I don’t know why it happened but clearly we had issues with the first corner, and Jason went in over the rut and just caught his arm, so he was struggling.
“Obviously we want him in races like Heat 13 but we also need him longer-term, so I’d rather keep him fit.
“I have to say Rasmus was brilliant. He was really fired up, and now hopefully we can get the track sorted to that it’s to everybody’s liking.”
Jensen’s full-time signing should be completed this week pending BSPA approval, and Robins will also await fitness news on Tobiasz Musielak ahead of the visit of King’s Lynn next Thursday (June 6).
SWINDON 45: Rasmus Jensen 14+1, Troy Batchelor 11+1, Adam Ellis 11, Jason Doyle 5+3, Ellis Perks 2+1, Zach Wajtknecht 2, Tobiasz Musielak r/r.
POOLE 45: Jack Holder 14+1, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 9+1, Nicolai Klindt 9, Richie Worrall 7, Josh Grajczonek 3+1, Nico Covatti 3, Brady Kurtz r/r.