SWINDON ROBINS: Rossiter believes right decision was made
ALUN Rossiter was glad to avoid a situation similar to Monday’s farce between Belle Vue and Poole after the Robins’ meeting with Lakeside was abandoned after seven heats last night.
After a largely dry day in Swindon light rain began to fall after the first three heats, and when it got significantly worse half an hour later there was no option but for referee Graham Reeve to call the meeting off with the Robins leading 25-17.
The clash will now be re-run on Monday where Lakeside will again need all four points to seal their place in the play-offs after fourth place rivals Poole took maximum points from their meeting with the Aces on Monday.
The televised match at Kirkmanshulme Lane was run despite dangerous swamp-like conditions but was called-off after 10 heats with Poole leading by seven and the result standing, and team manager Rossiter was glad to avoid a repeat performance at Blunsdon.
“We tried everything but we didn’t want a lottery like it was at Belle Vue on Monday, and it just kept raining too heavily and it was hard to make any other decision,” he said.
“I think the two on the trots killed us and if it wasn’t for them then maybe we would have got it through.
“We have to do it all again now, and fingers crossed it goes well for us now.
“It keeps the riders going and keeps them sharp going into the play-offs, but fingers crossed we can get it done on Monday.”
All the riders agreed the decision was the right one, but with two heat wins from his two rides Peter Kildemand was enjoying himself before the wet weather ruined the evening.
“It was pretty good and the track was pretty good before it started raining, and there was no other options really,” he said.
“If it wasn’t raining we would have raced, but as long as it is raining you can’t really race because you can’t see.
“We have to come back on Monday and do it again now, and we need to make sure we do well again like we did the first time.”
Edward Kennett and Hans Andersen got the Robins off to the perfect start as they jumped out the gate to take a maximum from the opening heat, but after Kyle Howarth twice looked like falling off and Ashley Birks retired the Hammers pair returned the favour in the battle of the reserves.
The run of maximums continued into heat three as Kildemand was superbly followed home by Birks in another confidence boosting ride, before Troy Batchelor passed Lawson in heat four but couldn’t make it by Lewis Bridger as the Hammers hit back with a 4-2.
With the rain spitting down the first warning signs were fired when Chris Harris and Piotr Swiderski both hit the wet deck following a bad spill in turn one of heat five, and although both riders thankfully walked away the rest of the meeting remained in doubt as a short break was taken to allow the rain to stop.
When it eased Andersen and Batchelor were able to win tentative looking heats six and seven, but with conditions significantly worsening there was no option but to call the meeting off.
Ticket prices will be reduced for Monday’s restaging, with exact details announced in the coming days.
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