ALUN Rossiter will ensure his riders treat the Belle Vue Aces with the utmost respect when his title chasers take on the Elite League’s basement boys at Blunsdon tonight.
The Aces have only won four meeting all year and are well adrift at the foot of the table, while in contrast the Robins are battling it out with Poole to finish the regular season at the top of the pile.
But while the clubs have endured vastly different fortunes in 2012, the Robins boss will not allow his riders to take it easy at Blunsdon this evening.
“Every time you go into a meeting like this we need to be sure we take it seriously, because if you don’t that is the time you can slip up and make mistakes,” he said.
“We will treat the meeting as normal, because it is another one we have to win to keep battling with Poole to finish top.
“Belle Vue have had a tough season and they have been struggling, but we will treat them with 100 per cent respect because that is exactly what they deserve.
“There are no givens in speedway at all, and we can not afford to slip up, so the riders know exactly what they have to do.”
New averages effective from this week mean Simon Stead drops to reserve for the clash with his former club, and Rossiter believes it could benefit the Yorkshireman as he looks to return to his best.
“Being at reserve should work well for Simon, and it could give him a lot of confidence,” Rossiter said.
“In the last couple of weeks since we looked at the possibility of making a change he has looked a lot sharper, and he has tried a few things which seem to be working.
“It has certainly had the effect we wanted and Simon has been great, and hopefully that will continue against Belle Vue.”
The home side will also have Jason Doyle available after the Australian shook off a jaw injury suffered in Poland, and Rossiter is pleased to have the former Poole man in his side.
“For me, Jason has been one of our most consistent performers home and away, and it is great to be able to have him in after his crash.
“Maybe he is a bit foolish because he hasn’t had it checked out by a doctor, but you have to admire a man that comes to race after a crash like that.”