Swindon have the chance to take further control of their Premiership Supporters’ Cup group when they host Ipswich tonight (7.30pm).

It will be the second meeting on the new Abbey Stadium circuit following the thrilling conclusion to Thursday’s clash with Poole which ended in a draw.

With the CFS Filtration Robins then recording an emphatic win at Wimborne Road in the return on Good Friday, they are well-placed in the section as no other side has yet been successful on the road.

Ipswich have made a welcome return to the top-flight this season, and their home form so far has been particularly strong with convincing wins over King’s Lynn and Belle Vue at Foxhall.

The Witches are led by former British Champions Chris Harris and Danny King, with Harris expected to be fit after a recent operation on a scaphoid injury.

Ironically King was also in their team on the occasion of their last visit in August 2010, when a paid maximum from Leigh Adams helped the Robins to a 53-40 win.

They have proved strong at reserve in the early weeks of the season – and the middle-order includes a very familiar face in former Robins title-winner David Bellego, who missed out on a place in the Swindon team this year.

Boss Alun Rossiter said: “David is a dream to work with, and it was purely that he needs to get to grips with the smaller tracks otherwise I would have had him back like a shot.

“He’s always been good on the big tracks but you do have to have guys who can ride both. It was a tough decision over the winter and we certainly have no intention of selling him, we expect him to be back in our colours in the future.

“Obviously we’re looking for another win. Our heat-leaders are on fire at the moment and hopefully that will continue, but we won’t be getting carried away yet although Friday was a great result for us.

“There’s also real potential with Dawid (Lampart), he’s been struggling a little with an engine he’s bought to use here, but I expect things to get better for him.”

Rossiter’s side are at full strength, with reserves Zach Wajtknecht and James Shanes returning after missing the trip to Poole due to Championship commitments with Birmingham.

Supporters are reminded they can again vote on Twitter for the riders to be included in Heat 14, with four nominations for both sides to be provided after Heat 10.

The meeting also includes the first second-half of the season, as Reading take on the Isle of Wight in a six-heat M+SDL fixture.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Dawid Lampart, Troy Batchelor, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Zach Wajtknecht, James Shanes.

IPSWICH: Chris Harris, David Bellego, Danny King, Krystian Pieszczek, Richard Lawson, Cameron Heeps, Jake Allen.


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