SPEEDWAY LIVE: Swindon Robins v Coventry Bees

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  • RESULT: Swindon Robins 26 Coventry Bees 36 after heat 10
  • ROBINS: Peter Kildemand (3-R-1) 4; Nicolai Klindt (0-1-0) 1; Bjarne Pedersen (guest) (3-2-4^) 9+1; Simon Gustafsson (R-1'-3) 4+1; Nick Morris (0-3) 3; Darryl Ritchings (FX) 0; Steve Worrall (1-1-0-3) 5.
  • BEES: Hans Andersen (2-FX) 2; Ryan Fisher (1'-3-1) 5+1; Kenneth Hansen (1'-2-0-2') 5+2; Kyle Howarth (1'-2'-2) 3+2; Cameron Woodward (guest) (2-3-3) 8; Jason Garrity (3-3-2) 8; James Sarjeant (2'-2'-1') 5+3.
  • Purton's Darryl Ritchings taken to hospital following big heat two crash.
  • Rain cuts the meeting to 10 heats.

9:37pm

That's it for this evening, but remember you can read a full report and reaction in tomorrow's paper.

Night.

ROBINS: Peter Kildemand (3-R-1) 4; Nicolai Klindt (0-1-0) 1; Bjarne Pedersen (guest) (3-2-4^) 9+1; Simon Gustafsson (R-1'-3) 4+1; Nick Morris (0-3) 3; Darryl Ritchings (FX) 0; Steve Worrall (1-1-0-3) 5.


BEES: Hans Andersen (2-FX) 2; Ryan Fisher (1'-3-1) 5+1; Kenneth Hansen (1'-2-0-2') 5+2; Kyle Howarth (1'-2'-2) 3+2; Cameron Woodward (guest) (2-3-3) 8; Jason Garrity (3-3-2) 8; James Sarjeant (2'-2'-1') 5+3.

9:36pm

Just spoken to Rosco who told me Darryl Ritchings suffered a broken nose in the crash, it could have been a whole lot worse.

This Is Wiltshire: Darryl Ritchings..jpg

DARRYL RITCHINGS

9:15pm

Official reason given is 'visibility'

9:13pm

Meeting concluded and the result stands: Swindon 26 Coventry 36

9:11pm

Heat 10: Woodward, Hansen, Kildemand, Klindt; 71.55 – 1-5 (26-36)
Bees make the start and Kildemand can’t pass in the rain.

9:07pm

Riders back at tapes.

9:00pm

Heat 10 is at the tapes but red lights go on. A track inspection has been called for.

8:58pm

Great ride from Worrall there.

8:57pm

Heat nine: Worrall, Garrity, Sarjeant; 70.30 – 3-3 (25-31)
Great first corner from Worrall sees him past both Bees before Sarjeant slips off and remounts.

8:55pm

Heat nine is only Steve Worrall, first staging stopped and Sarjeant warned to stay still.

8:55pm

In fairness, Pedersen was a long way behind, but had Gustafsson looked round for his partner more than the once he might have been able to help him out.

8:54pm

Heat eight: Gustafsson, Pedersen (tac), Fisher, Hansen; 68.10 – 7-1 (22-28)
Gustafsson and Pedersen both make superb starts but the Swede rarely looks over his shoulder before crossing the line ahead of his partner, who was riding in black and white.

8:49pm

Bjarne going in black and white

8:48pm

Heat seven: Garrity, Howarth, Klindt, Worrall; 69.21 – 1-5 (15-22)
Great stuff from Garrity as he takes the win. Worrall gave it his all but couldn’t keep his bike under control.

8:44pm

Heat six: (re-run) Woodward, Pedersen, Gustafsson, Andersen FX; 68.49 – 3-3 (14-22)
After Andersen is excluded following a collision with Pedersen which took both riders into the fence, the Robins guest couldn’t catch the Bees replacement.

8:41pm

At tapes for the re-run.

8:38pm

Hans wasn't excluded once while riding for the Robins last season.

8:34pm

Hans is excluded.

8:34pm

Heat six stopped after Hans and Bjarne both hit the fence.

8:32pm

Heat five: Morris, Hansen, Howarth, Kildemand; 68.18 – 3-3 (11-19)
Kildemand packs up while leading a 5-1 but Morris does really well to hold off Hansen to take the win.

8:29pm

The ambulance taking Darryl to the hospital has just left the stadium

8:27pm

Heat four: Fisher, Sarjeant, Worrall, Gustafsson R; 68.92 – 1-5 (8-16)
Worrall and Gustafsson are left stranded at the start. Worrall gives chase to the Bees pairing but Gustafsson suffers bike issues and doesn’t finish.

8:24pm

Worrall in for Ritchings, as he will be all night.

8:23pm

Heat three: Pedersen, Woodward, Hansen, Morris; 68.02 – 3-3 (7-11)
A brave first corner sees Pedersen beat his Eastbourne teammate.

8:21pm

Heat three at tapes

8:19pm

Heat two: Garrity, Sarjeant, Worrall, Ritchings FX; 69.11 – 1-5 (4-8)
After Ritchings is excluded following his heavy crash, Worrall is boxed in at the start as the Robins suffer a reverse maximum.

8:16pm

Riders coming back to tapes for heat two.

8:08pm

No sign of the re-run of heat two.

7:58pm

The Robins will also run with only one rider in heat nine.

7:57pm

He was also excluded from that heat. Not that it matters in the grand scheme of things.

7:56pm

The St John's Ambulance has left the track and Darryl is now being taken to hospital in a regular ambulance.

7:51pm

Darryl's now sitting up and is on the stretcher. That looked like it could have been a whole lot worse.

7:48pm

Darryl is moving his legs but is not yet in the ambulance.

7:47pm

This looks very nasty. Really hope he is okay.

7:45pm

Ambulance on the track.

7:44pm

He caught the fence before the start of the air barrier going into lap two, turn one. He caught Sarjeant as he was trying to pass for third.

7:43pm

Really nasty crash involving Darryl Ritchings. Looks like he's out cold.

7:42pm

First chance to see the two reserves around the Abbey.

7:42pm

First chance to see the two reserves around the Abbey.

7:41pm

Heat one: Kildemand, Andersen, Fisher, Klindt; 66.24 – 3-3 (3-3)
Andersen makes the start but the Robins number one leaps level by turn one and outmuscles his close friend to take the win. Very impressive.

7:38pm

7:37pm

Hans Andersen v Peter Kildemand in heat one, which is at tapes. Ryan Fisher and Nicolai Klindt thrown in too.

7:35pm

Mini parade done and we're on two minutes for heat one.

7:32pm

That prompt 7.30pm start with no parade seems to have been scrapped. They're coming round on that awful truck.

7:30pm

BATCH ATTACK

Troy Batchelor has been enjoying his practice at the GP in New Zealand today, as this photo shows.

This Is Wiltshire:

TROY BATCHELOR

7:29pm

7:28pm

This is the first chance for the home public to see the new race format. Interesting to hear what you all think...although if you're reading this then you may well not be witnessing it.

7:27pm

7:26pm

7:24pm

PREDICTIONS

7:22pm

There are two guest tonight of course, with Troy Batchelor and Chris Harris on GP duty. Bjarne Pedersen is in for the Robins while the Bees have Cameron Woodward.

This Is Wiltshire: Troy BatchelorThis Is Wiltshire: TIME OUT?: Chris Harris

OUT: Troy Batchelor and Chris Harris

This Is Wiltshire: Bjarne Pedersen top scored for EaglesThis Is Wiltshire: Cameron Woodward

IN: Bjarne Pedersen and Cameron Woodward

7:19pm

PREDICTIONS

6:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

gruntfuttocks says

Swindon 40 Coventry 50.

7:19pm

PREDICTIONS

With nearly 10 minutes left before the start of the meeting it's time for your predictions. You can leave them in the box below or get in touch using #adverspeedway on twitter.

I'm going 48-42.

7:15pm

5:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Di kanny oh says

Come on Adver where is Morris??

Please accept my sincere apologies.

7:14pm

7:11pm

There is plenty of rain in the air but we are going ahead. No parade and we're straight into heat one at 7.30pm.

7:03pm

Good evening one and all and welcome to another season of racing at the Abbey Stadium.

Sorry for the slightly delayed start to Speedway Live, but I'm pleased to say the meeting is ON despite the dribbling rain we have experienced over the last hour or so.

3:43pm

LIVE COVERAGE OF THIS MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7PM

3:43pm

PREDICTIONS

You can leave your comments and predictions for tonight's meeting in the box below, or you can tweet using #adverspeedway to have your say.

You can also vote in the poll below.

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4:29pm Thu 3 Apr 14

mikeinwanborough says...

Looking forward to seeing the Robins at Blunsdon for the first time this season. Shame we are without Troy, but think Bjarne is a good replacement. Robins top five should have too much fire power for the Bees, and expect the reserves to outscore their counterparts, so looking for a 10 point plus win for the Robins. Tonight's big question - how many times will Ryan Fisher hit the deck in his four programmed rides. I'm saying twice!
Looking forward to seeing the Robins at Blunsdon for the first time this season. Shame we are without Troy, but think Bjarne is a good replacement. Robins top five should have too much fire power for the Bees, and expect the reserves to outscore their counterparts, so looking for a 10 point plus win for the Robins. Tonight's big question - how many times will Ryan Fisher hit the deck in his four programmed rides. I'm saying twice! mikeinwanborough
  • Score: 1

5:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Di kanny oh says...

Come on Adver where is Morris??
Come on Adver where is Morris?? Di kanny oh
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

gruntfuttocks says...

Swindon 40 Coventry 50.
Swindon 40 Coventry 50. gruntfuttocks
  • Score: -2

7:08pm Thu 3 Apr 14

morris 1 says...

Good Evening Di Kanny I am here (not well at present) .

Welcome to the new speedway season - if it takes off tonight ? A warm welcome to Bjarne I am sure he will try his hardest for us tonight, and no doubt Hans will be up to mischief tonight.?
Good luck lads, just do your best - PMA needed positive mental attitude.
Losing at home is not an option
I predict a win of 8 or more - will catch up later, keep me posted.

Rossiter I expect a good team talking before and during the meeting with the lads.
Good Evening Di Kanny I am here (not well at present) . Welcome to the new speedway season - if it takes off tonight ? A warm welcome to Bjarne I am sure he will try his hardest for us tonight, and no doubt Hans will be up to mischief tonight.? Good luck lads, just do your best - PMA needed positive mental attitude. Losing at home is not an option I predict a win of 8 or more - will catch up later, keep me posted. Rossiter I expect a good team talking before and during the meeting with the lads. morris 1
  • Score: 0

10:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Di kanny oh says...

Got to be one of the worst speedway meetings I have seen in years. Ok the young lad Ritchings crashed and was injured but then events deteriorated just like the weather. Why is this day and age we the paying fans have to wait in the rain for an injured rider to be moved to another ambulance which seemed to take an eternity when we could all see the weather getting worse as time ticked by. Roscoe has his work cut out with Klindt who clearly looks way off the pace and at times looked like the novices who easily beat Klindt anyway..I was bored out of my skull and it seemed the team had little fight and when Gustafsson beat Pedersen who had a black and white on this just about summed it up. Come on Roscoe do you talk to the riders. Result should stand as Coventry where far better than us and would had won easily and deserved it. I would be hoping for much more effort next match otherwise its not worth the £17.
Got to be one of the worst speedway meetings I have seen in years. Ok the young lad Ritchings crashed and was injured but then events deteriorated just like the weather. Why is this day and age we the paying fans have to wait in the rain for an injured rider to be moved to another ambulance which seemed to take an eternity when we could all see the weather getting worse as time ticked by. Roscoe has his work cut out with Klindt who clearly looks way off the pace and at times looked like the novices who easily beat Klindt anyway..I was bored out of my skull and it seemed the team had little fight and when Gustafsson beat Pedersen who had a black and white on this just about summed it up. Come on Roscoe do you talk to the riders. Result should stand as Coventry where far better than us and would had won easily and deserved it. I would be hoping for much more effort next match otherwise its not worth the £17. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 1

11:00pm Thu 3 Apr 14

morris 1 says...

Good comment Di Kanny, funny how the first meeting at home was cancelled to expected rain - if Rosco had looked at the weather forecast for today he could have called this off at lunch time.

Lets hope he don't keep the useless riders longer than necessary as he has done in the past !!
Good comment Di Kanny, funny how the first meeting at home was cancelled to expected rain - if Rosco had looked at the weather forecast for today he could have called this off at lunch time. Lets hope he don't keep the useless riders longer than necessary as he has done in the past !! morris 1
  • Score: 0

12:38am Fri 4 Apr 14

wickite says...

A desperate night for speedway, so sad in so many aspects. It was obvious when the accident in heat 2 halted proceedings for 40 mins that the meeting was unlikely to be completed. It was obvious when Rosco decided to try to halt the meeting before heat 10 that the opposing manager would be against it. It was also obvious that yet again the sport of speedway would suffer. The 'people' who decided to run heat 10 and then call the meeting off for visibility reasons need to ask themselves if that was a great decision. Was visibility worse in heat 9 than 10? No, but coincidentally the conclusion of heat 10 meany the result stands. A former world champ allowing riders to risk their lives for 4 points at the very start of the season sums speedway up - amateur! I know people are going to say about referee and clerk of the course, but if both managers agree its match over. I dont think the people who decided to race heat 10, if a rider had perished or been badly injured realise, how bad that decision could have been - not just on the night, but for SPEEDWAY!
A desperate night for speedway, so sad in so many aspects. It was obvious when the accident in heat 2 halted proceedings for 40 mins that the meeting was unlikely to be completed. It was obvious when Rosco decided to try to halt the meeting before heat 10 that the opposing manager would be against it. It was also obvious that yet again the sport of speedway would suffer. The 'people' who decided to run heat 10 and then call the meeting off for visibility reasons need to ask themselves if that was a great decision. Was visibility worse in heat 9 than 10? No, but coincidentally the conclusion of heat 10 meany the result stands. A former world champ allowing riders to risk their lives for 4 points at the very start of the season sums speedway up - amateur! I know people are going to say about referee and clerk of the course, but if both managers agree its match over. I dont think the people who decided to race heat 10, if a rider had perished or been badly injured realise, how bad that decision could have been - not just on the night, but for SPEEDWAY! wickite
  • Score: 1

7:20am Fri 4 Apr 14

Captain Roo says...

Reading that Rosco says we can take some positives from the Coventry meeting on the Robins website. Wrong very very wrong there were no positives to be taken from this meeting. The perfomance, the fact that Rosco waited 'till heat nine to question the conditions. What did he think Gary Havelock was going to say "ok lets call it off" knowing that he only has to put two riders out in heat 10 to win the meeting.
Reading that Rosco says we can take some positives from the Coventry meeting on the Robins website. Wrong very very wrong there were no positives to be taken from this meeting. The perfomance, the fact that Rosco waited 'till heat nine to question the conditions. What did he think Gary Havelock was going to say "ok lets call it off" knowing that he only has to put two riders out in heat 10 to win the meeting. Captain Roo
  • Score: 1

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