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  • RESULT: Birmingham Brummies 35-55 Swindon Robins
  • Birmingham Brummies: Danny King (FX-2^-R-1)3, Ben Barker (2-3-3-1-2), Seb Ulamek (R-2-2-2), Josh Auty (1-1*-F)2+1, Bjarne Pedersen (1-2-2-X)5, Martin Smolinski (3-X-2*-1"-1*-2)9+3, Nicolas Covatti (0-0-FX)0
  • Swindon Robins: Hans Andersen (3-3-0-2*)8+1, Nick Morris (1-0-1-3)5, Peter Kildemand (2*-3-3-3-3)14+1 PAID MAXIMUM, Jason Doyle (3-1-2*-3)9+1, Troy Batchelor (3-2-3-3-2*)13+1, Simon Stead (1*-0-FX-0)1+1, Dakota North, guest (2-2*-0-1)5+1
  • Reporting by ANDY WARREN AND NED PAYNE

11:01pm

Despite the manner of this evening's 20-point victory over the Brummies, Robins boss Alun Rossiter is determined to keep his feet on the ground.

This Is Wiltshire: Alun Rossiter

ALUN ROSSITER

“We go into the second leg feeling confident of course, but not over-confident because that is when it comes back to bite you.

“But we were very comfortable and the 20 points says it all.

“Peter was incredible for us, but we did well right the way through the team although Simon didn’t have the best of nights. For him it is a lack of meetings, but he will be alright and he will score the points at home I’m sure.”

“We have got one foot in the final, but it is only one foot, and we can’t switch off."

9:57pm

Heat 15: Kildemand, Batchelor, Ulamek, Barker, 59.1

Kildemand completes a brilliant paid maximum by again using the outside line, which Birmingham's riders have left clear tonight. Batch comes in second to end on paid 14. Cracking meeting for him.

9:46pm

Heat 14: Doyle, Smolinski, North, Covatti, 61.0

Heavy crash for Covatti on the back straight but he does well to clear the track. Doyle having a super night.

9:45pm

Heat 13: Batchelor, Andersen, King, Pedersen (X) 59.5

King collects Pedersen on bend one but it's the latter that's excluded. King gets nowhere near it on the re-run.

9:30pm

Heat 12: Kildemand, Ulamek, Smolinski, Stead, 60.1

Kildemand round the outside of home duo on bend two with ease. He loves that line and it works a treat at Perry Barr.

9:23pm

Heat 11 (re-run x2): Morris, Pedersen, Smolinski, Andersen, 60.4

First attempt was stopped due to rolling. Then Hans is penalised and goes off 15 metres. Morris stormed round Brummies pair on bend two but Hans could not quite catch Smolinski.

9:09pm

Don't we all.

9:07pm

Heat 10: Kildemand, Doyle, Barker, King, 59.7

Robins stamp out the hosts' mini-revival with a thumping 5-1. Kildemand stormed away and zdoyle did the defensive job to a T.

9:01pm

Heat nine (re-run, awarded): Batchelor, Ulamek, Auty (F), Stead (FX)

Stead takes out Batch at the first attempt and that could be the Yorkshireman's night over. On the re-run Batch goes from third to first round the outside. Auty loses it wide out a lap later and the heat is awarded.

8:57pm

Apologies for the lack of updates. Unfortunately technical problems have been causing issues in the last 45 minutes.

8:56pm

Heat five: Andersen, Ulamek, Auty, Morris, 59.0
Andersen looks very good so far tonight, being untroubled in his two opening wins. Morris struggled a bit at the back.

Heat six: Barker, Batchelor, King (tac), Stead, 58.5
Early tactical for the hosts but a 5-2 is all they muster. The gap now seven points.

Heat seven (re-run x2): Kildemand, Pedersen, Doyle, Smolinski, 59.2
After a couple of false starts, Smolinski clips Doyle with his back wheel on bend one lap two and is rightly excluded. Kildemand eventually wins after beating Pedersen into turn one.

Heat eight: Barker, Smolinski, Morris, North, 60.3
Great blocking job by Barker and Smolinski to keep out Morris, who was certainly quick enough for second but couldn't find a way through.

8:11pm

Heat four: Batchelor, North, Pedersen, Covatti, 58.9

Time for an early tactical for the Brummies? North is proving an inspired guest so far with paid five from two rides. Batch cruising out front.

8:07pm

8:06pm

Heat three: Doyle, Kildemand, Auty, Ulamek (R), 59.1

Easy peasy for Swindon, absolutely walked that.

8:03pm

Heat two: Smolinski, North, Stead, Covatti, 59.6

Stead looked quick but North was in his way for most of the race. Smolinski never troubled.

7:59pm

Heat one: Andersen, Barker, Morris, King (FX), 58.7

Hans gets past Barker early on and that was that.

7:47pm

Heat one (re-run x2): 

Well that wasn't in the script. King falls initially after the red lights went on. We go again and King falls in exactly the same place at bend one. He's excluded.

7:45pm

The riders are finally out on the track for the start of heat one! Not long now!

7:45pm

7:45pm

Let's hope so!

7:44pm

We've been treated to smorgasbord of music in the restaurant tonight. All areas have been represented, with varying degrees of success. All of it has been loud, though.

7:41pm

7:39pm

We may eventually get started!

7:37pm

Still waiting for heat one here, so here is some more build up.

Troy Batchelor is expecting the Robins to put their money where their mouth is when they begin their play-off campaign tonight.

This Is Wiltshire: IN FORM: Troy Batchelor

READY: Troy Batchelor

“We have been looking forward to the play-offs all season, and it is now that time, but we have to step it up,” he said.

“The play-offs have been in the back of our heads for a while now, and they have been a long time coming so we need to make it count.

"So far we have been injury free so that is good, and the play-offs are here so we need to live-up to what we have been talking about all year.”

7:37pm

Reassuringly expensive I imagine.

7:35pm

7:30pm

 

7:28pm

Mass changes to the Brummies riding order has all-but made tonight's programme redundant.

7:26pm

Alun Rossiter has been easgerly waiting for the play-offs to begin for some time now, and wants his side to end a more than 50 year wait for national glory and earn themselves a place in the history books.

This Is Wiltshire: Alun Rossiter

ALUN ROSSITER

“It is very important for the club, but I think I have more belief in this team than I had in 2009, so it really could be massive,” he said.

“On our day if every rider stands up for themselves then I know we can win, and I keep reminding them that they will go down in history if we win it.

“We have riders from 1967 who won the league and are legends, and if we can do the same then we will go down in history, simple as that.

“In a few years time everyone will look back and wonder who the last team to win the league was, and it could be the likes of Troy Batchelor and Hans Andersen, so these guys could go down in history in Swindon.

"But to do that we have to first beat Birmingham which will be a very hard match at their place, and they ride at our track very well too.”

7:25pm

Minutes away from tapes-up. Birmingham's riding order in the programme is completely different to that put up on the club's website. Stadium announcer did not mention any changes to the programme on the Brummies side. Very strange.

7:23pm

Riders on parade here now, the wait for play-off speedway is nearly over.

7:14pm

Doing anything speedway-related by any chance?

7:14pm

Robins boss Alun Rossiter has backed Troy Batchelor to bounce back from his GP Challenge disappointment this evening, after the Aussie missed out on a GP place in a tense run-off in Gorican on Saturday night.

This Is Wiltshire: SOUND AND VISION: Troy Batchelor

MISSED OUT: Troy Batchelor

“I know Troy will be upset by what happened because he got so close, and he only needed a second in his last ride and he would have been a Grand Prix rider,” he said.

“That is hard to take because for every rider the goal is to make it into the Grand Prix and knowing Batch as I do he will be cut up about it.

“He will get there though, because he is a strong character, a strong person and I am sure he has a future in the Grand Prix.

“He is a professional guy and he knows our meeting with Birmingham is his chance to finish the season off in style, and I am sure he will put in a great performance for us.”

7:11pm

YOUR SAY

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7:09pm

Birmingham promoter Graham Drury believes all of the pressure is on the Robins this evening.

“They are desperate for success. All the pressure is on them. We are the underdogs and whatever happens we know we have achieved something special by getting in the play-offs in the second season of Elite League racing here at Birmingham.

“It’s Swindon who will be feeling the heat. Their management will be so nervous because they are so desperate for success, but we can just focus on getting our heads down and riding the best we can.”

7:03pm

Fancy a hot dog and a drink at Birmingham? That'll be £6.20 please. Let's hope the action tonight represents better value. I'm sure it will.

7:02pm

Tonight is another big night in the career of Simon Stead, and the Robins man is keen to put a difficult season behind him and use the play-offs as a new start.

This Is Wiltshire: Simon Stead.jpg

TURNING A CORNER: Simon Stead

“It has been a tough year, but the play-offs are a different story,” he said.

“We start from scratch and it can be a bit of a new start, and we will go into the meetings looking to score plenty of points and finish the season on a high.

“I am feeling a lot better and I feel a lot more comfortable after making a lot of changes, and we used the last meeting at Birmingham as a bit of a practice session where we tried some different things and I felt that by my last ride we had made some good strides.

“I have only ridden at Birmingham twice before, so it was good to get some laps in before tonight.

“We have had some laps and some paid practice, so there will be no excuse when Monday comes around.”

6:57pm

The Robins are without reserve Dawid Lampart this evening after the Pole picked up an ankle injury practicing in his homeland, but Alun Rossiter is pleased to be able to call on Ipswich rider Dakota North to fill his spot at number seven.

This Is Wiltshire: Dawid Lampart

MISSING: Dawid Lampart

“It is a shame to be without Dawid, but he injured his ankle while practicing and he is struggling a little bit,” he said.

“But we are pleased to bring someone like Dakota in because he is a rider I have admired for quite a long time, and I am sure he will do well tonight.

“It is a great chance for him to get a taste of the play-offs, and he can be a hero for us, and it is open for any of our riders to be heroes at this stage.”

 

6:38pm

Weather overhead is cracking but rain earlier today has left large areas of the track pretty moist. At the moment it looks a circuit for gaters. 

6:32pm

A quick note if you missed it that Swindon reserve Dawid Lampart has been ruled out of tonight's meeting aft he picked up an injury in Poland on Sunday. Riding in his place is Ipswich youngster Dakota North. Great opportunity for the Aussie.

6:29pm

A note to supporters making the trip to Perry Barr, don't miss the car park otherwise you will spend 20 minutes getting back to it. Birmingham is a touch busier than Blunsdon.

6:25pm

Welcome to Perry Barr where Swindon are about to begin their play-off campaign against Birmingham. The semi-final first leg meeting is due to begin in a shade over an hour and you can follow all the action here.

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9:31pm Mon 1 Oct 12

swindonspur says...

Imagine how good we would be if we had bombed Steady. Would have **** the league.
Imagine how good we would be if we had bombed Steady. Would have **** the league. swindonspur
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9:55pm Mon 1 Oct 12

the don69 says...

Stead is going to be a very weak link against Poole!could cost us the chance of beating Poole,should have replaced him long ago,just not contributing enough even at reserve!!!!!!!!!!
Stead is going to be a very weak link against Poole!could cost us the chance of beating Poole,should have replaced him long ago,just not contributing enough even at reserve!!!!!!!!!! the don69
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9:56pm Mon 1 Oct 12

mikek says...

Stead will cost us in the final and Roscoe made a big mistake keeping him in. The rest simply magnificent with a 55-35 win
Stead will cost us in the final and Roscoe made a big mistake keeping him in. The rest simply magnificent with a 55-35 win mikek
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10:02pm Mon 1 Oct 12

FedUpPubGoer says...

Rosco, why oh why do you keep on with Stead, he is totally useless away from Blunsdon. And aint much better at home. Get shot now before the poole primates win the league again.........
Rosco, why oh why do you keep on with Stead, he is totally useless away from Blunsdon. And aint much better at home. Get shot now before the poole primates win the league again......... FedUpPubGoer
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10:14pm Mon 1 Oct 12

mikek says...

Lets Hope Lampart comes back fighting fit as he will be taking five rides for sure so one of Steads rides. Stead was even outscored by Dakota North who was excellent but poor Simon has never looked so bad pulling lockers yet again and nearly wiping Batch out in one race. Roscoe has a major problem if he wants to win the final as we need the extra strength in the lower order to compensate for Poole's heavy top end who blew Lakeside away. Real shame as Stead is a fabulous guy but has suffered massively with set ups and heat leader to reserve says it all. Too late for Simon to change his riding style but he should have closely watched Kildemand tonight who was simply stunning, and Simon might learn something about how to get the best out of these set ups and ride the bike instead of locking up all the time.
Lets Hope Lampart comes back fighting fit as he will be taking five rides for sure so one of Steads rides. Stead was even outscored by Dakota North who was excellent but poor Simon has never looked so bad pulling lockers yet again and nearly wiping Batch out in one race. Roscoe has a major problem if he wants to win the final as we need the extra strength in the lower order to compensate for Poole's heavy top end who blew Lakeside away. Real shame as Stead is a fabulous guy but has suffered massively with set ups and heat leader to reserve says it all. Too late for Simon to change his riding style but he should have closely watched Kildemand tonight who was simply stunning, and Simon might learn something about how to get the best out of these set ups and ride the bike instead of locking up all the time. mikek
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12:31am Tue 2 Oct 12

bobbinalong says...

What can I add to whats already been said many many times before about Simon Stead costing Swindon Robins the League title. It is down to the management who have let sentimentality get in the way of making a clear and obvious decision many weeks ago. How many chances can you give one rider? Its not the odd meeting now its everyone where he just is not up to it. It is a shame after putting together good 6 riders for it to be spoilt by the 7th one.
What can I add to whats already been said many many times before about Simon Stead costing Swindon Robins the League title. It is down to the management who have let sentimentality get in the way of making a clear and obvious decision many weeks ago. How many chances can you give one rider? Its not the odd meeting now its everyone where he just is not up to it. It is a shame after putting together good 6 riders for it to be spoilt by the 7th one. bobbinalong
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12:39am Tue 2 Oct 12

bobbinalong says...

What has happened to Lasse Bjerre - or is this not possible - is he doubled with Lampart? He may be a better bet than Stead especially away at Poole
What has happened to Lasse Bjerre - or is this not possible - is he doubled with Lampart? He may be a better bet than Stead especially away at Poole bobbinalong
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1:19am Tue 2 Oct 12

REDROM says...

Nice 1 Alun, Results are what matter 20 point win and no congrats ? shame.
Nice 1 Alun, Results are what matter 20 point win and no congrats ? shame. REDROM
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7:52am Tue 2 Oct 12

gruntfuttocks says...

REDROM wrote:
Nice 1 Alun, Results are what matter 20 point win and no congrats ? shame.
my thoughts exactly. it does seem that everyone else on here can only find things to moan about and are unable to find anything positive to say. a 20 point win is a huge achievement and should be welcomed. all the other people commenting have already decided that poole are gonna win so i suggest they log into the poole local paper and start congratulating them.
[quote][p][bold]REDROM[/bold] wrote: Nice 1 Alun, Results are what matter 20 point win and no congrats ? shame.[/p][/quote]my thoughts exactly. it does seem that everyone else on here can only find things to moan about and are unable to find anything positive to say. a 20 point win is a huge achievement and should be welcomed. all the other people commenting have already decided that poole are gonna win so i suggest they log into the poole local paper and start congratulating them. gruntfuttocks
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7:55am Tue 2 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

I think Rosco has tow choices. Rest Simon Stead for the Poole away meeting and find another option or at least get him up the Abbey for a good half day and work with him on starts and most of all to let the bike run out of the corners. He continually kills the momentum by locking up - he has done this for 2 seasons and no one seems to know the answer. Its simple if he cannot adjust his style he will never be any good with todays engines. Kildemand is an example of how to let in roll. Knock it (off) or lock it and it dies. This is our 1 chance in 40 odd years - come on Rosco step up to the mark its your call!
I think Rosco has tow choices. Rest Simon Stead for the Poole away meeting and find another option or at least get him up the Abbey for a good half day and work with him on starts and most of all to let the bike run out of the corners. He continually kills the momentum by locking up - he has done this for 2 seasons and no one seems to know the answer. Its simple if he cannot adjust his style he will never be any good with todays engines. Kildemand is an example of how to let in roll. Knock it (off) or lock it and it dies. This is our 1 chance in 40 odd years - come on Rosco step up to the mark its your call! oldlegtrailer
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8:20am Tue 2 Oct 12

swindonspur says...

gruntfuttocks wrote:
REDROM wrote:
Nice 1 Alun, Results are what matter 20 point win and no congrats ? shame.
my thoughts exactly. it does seem that everyone else on here can only find things to moan about and are unable to find anything positive to say. a 20 point win is a huge achievement and should be welcomed. all the other people commenting have already decided that poole are gonna win so i suggest they log into the poole local paper and start congratulating them.
Who has actually said Poole will win the league? All people are saying is he could cost us at Poole which is an opinion based on his performance there last time out and his general away performances all season.
[quote][p][bold]gruntfuttocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]REDROM[/bold] wrote: Nice 1 Alun, Results are what matter 20 point win and no congrats ? shame.[/p][/quote]my thoughts exactly. it does seem that everyone else on here can only find things to moan about and are unable to find anything positive to say. a 20 point win is a huge achievement and should be welcomed. all the other people commenting have already decided that poole are gonna win so i suggest they log into the poole local paper and start congratulating them.[/p][/quote]Who has actually said Poole will win the league? All people are saying is he could cost us at Poole which is an opinion based on his performance there last time out and his general away performances all season. swindonspur
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10:15am Tue 2 Oct 12

Rovin Robin says...

I predict a big future for Nick Morris and Peter Kildemand. I still cant figure out why Birmingham chose the inside half of the track to race on as thee speed was in the dirt after 4-5 races .They seemed to lose heart very quickly.. Simon i hate to state the obvious i think your chances are about dried up, sad as it is.....
I predict a big future for Nick Morris and Peter Kildemand. I still cant figure out why Birmingham chose the inside half of the track to race on as thee speed was in the dirt after 4-5 races .They seemed to lose heart very quickly.. Simon i hate to state the obvious i think your chances are about dried up, sad as it is..... Rovin Robin
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3:21pm Tue 2 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

I think whatever we do we should use Simon for the home match at Swindon but we have to rest him for the away match at Poole. He is just not making the starts and at Poole he will be buried. He will grab a handful at home and may even turn up trumps on the Abbey track
I think whatever we do we should use Simon for the home match at Swindon but we have to rest him for the away match at Poole. He is just not making the starts and at Poole he will be buried. He will grab a handful at home and may even turn up trumps on the Abbey track oldlegtrailer
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3:33pm Tue 2 Oct 12

swindonspur says...

oldlegtrailer wrote:
I think whatever we do we should use Simon for the home match at Swindon but we have to rest him for the away match at Poole. He is just not making the starts and at Poole he will be buried. He will grab a handful at home and may even turn up trumps on the Abbey track
He can't be rested. He is a permanant team member and not a double upper.
[quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: I think whatever we do we should use Simon for the home match at Swindon but we have to rest him for the away match at Poole. He is just not making the starts and at Poole he will be buried. He will grab a handful at home and may even turn up trumps on the Abbey track[/p][/quote]He can't be rested. He is a permanant team member and not a double upper. swindonspur
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