ROBINS REVIEW OF THE YEAR: Rossiter - 'I still believe we were the best team' (From This Is Wiltshire)
ROBINS REVIEW OF THE YEAR: Rossiter - 'I still believe we were the best team'
“I STILL think we had the best team, but we didn’t turn up at Poole and it’s as simple as that.”
That is Robins boss Alun Rossiter’s frank assessment of his team’s season, which petered out a week ago as they exited the Elite League play-offs at the hands of rivals Poole Pirates.
After being the early season pace setters the Robins eventually finished second in the regular season table after financial problems off the track took hold, and while Rossiter admitted the issues were a contributing factor he insisted he has no complaints.
“It was a good season for us, but it was tinged with disappointment and I wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t feel disappointed after the year we had,” he said.
“Everything off the track didn’t help matters, and I would be a liar if I said it didn’t cause problems because it was really hard at times.
“I’m glad it was brought to a head because we couldn’t carry on the way it was going, and it needed to come out.
“I still think we had the best team, but we never turned up at Poole and it’s as simple as that.
“We needed everybody to be on their game and unfortunately they weren’t and it really cost us.
“There are no complaints on my part, but I feel we faltered at just the wrong time and didn’t do ourselves justice.”
Rossiter also pointed to a variety of mechanical and physical issues which caused his side problems during the second leg at Wimborne Road, but again insisted his Robins were beaten by the better side.
“Knowing the riders as I do, and knowing how good they are, it’s really frustrating to know the one night they needed to perform it just didn’t happen,” he said.
“There were reasons on the night, although we don’t want to make excuses, but there were issues. Troy’s second bike blew up on the stand before the meeting and Kyle Howarth’s blew up after five points from his first two rides, while Hans wasn’t 100 per cent fit.
“Our top two got 11 and their’s got 27, and that says it all to be honest.”
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