SPEEDWAY LIVE: Swindon Robins v Birmingham Brummies
6:37pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in Sport
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- Swindon Robins 55 Birmingham Brummies 37 (110-72)
- SWINDON ROBINS: Hans Andersen (3-2-2'-FX), Nick Morris (2'-1'-2'-3), Peter Kildemand (3-2-3-1), Jason Doyle (2'-0-0-3), Troy Batchelor (2'-2-2'-2), Dawid Lampart (FX-0-3-1), Simon Stead (3-3-3-3).
- BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES: Danny King (0-3-1-1^-1), RR, Josh Auty (1-1-1-1-FX), Ben Barker (0-3-F-0-2), Seb Ulamek (1-1-3-4^-3), Martin Smolinski (1'-1-1-2), Nicolas Covatti (2-0-F-0)
Robins skipper Hans Andersen believes his side were always destined to be in the final.
"Everyone did their job tonight, and it is good to be in the final because that was our aim at the start of the year.
"We always knew we could be there, and it is just good to have it now.
"We can't wait to ride againsy Poole and they are sure to be two good meetings, and there is no reason why we can't win."
The Robins win 55-37 on the night, and 110-72 over two legs
Heat 15 (re-run): Ulamek, Batchelor, Barker, Morris FX. 67.65 (55-37)
Morris is excluded after picking up grip and hitting the fence, and Ulamek wins the re-run despite the best efforts of Batchelor.
Heat 14: Doyle, Barker, Lampart, Covatti. 68.72 (53-33)
Doyle passes Barker after the Brummies man makes a mistake.
Heat 14: Doyle, Barker, Lampart, Covatti. 68.72 (53-33)
Doyle passes Barker after the Brummies man makes a mistake.es a mistake.
Heat 13: Ulamek, Batchelor, King, Andersen. 67.80 (49-31)
Andersen is excluded for going down too easily under pressure from Ulamek, and in the re-run Batchelor is all over the back of the Pole before missing out on the line.
Andersen down under pressure from Ulamek, and it is the Robins man who is excluded.
Heat 12: Stead, Smolinski, Kildemand, Auty. 67.55 (47-27)
Auty was excluded after hitting the fence and Smolinski tangled with Kildemand as the race was aborted twice, before Stead eventually took victory.
#swindonrobins through to the play-off final vs #poolepirates. I can't wait. Mon 8th/15th Oct.— @redmonster53 04 October 2012
Finally get to the re-run of heat 12, and Smolinski almost gets onto Kildemand's bike before the right lights are on again
Auty hits the deck with the Robins on a 5-1 and the race is stopped. Looked awkward
Heat 11 (re-run): Lampart, Batchelor, King, Barker. 67.43 (5-1)
Lampart jumped the start as the red lights come on, but gets away first second time around to take the win.
Red lights on, looked like Lampart jumped that one.
King going for double points in the next one
Roll on Poole! 🎉 Nice one #swindonrobins 🏁 #britishspeedway— @Steffi_Davies 04 October 2012
PK + Doyley = Dream Team ✌ #swindonrobins— @Steffi_Davies 04 October 2012
THE ROBINS ARE NOW SURE OF A PLACE IN THE FINAL
Heat 10 (re-run) Morris, Andersen, Auty, Baker F. 67.12 (38-24)
Andersen is warned for moving at the start, but the Dane and Morris get away first in the re-run. Barker falls at the back.
Heat Nine: Kildemand, Ulamek, Smolinski, Doyle. 67.65 (33-23)
Ulamek misses the start as he goes for double points, and Kildemand scrapes the fence to go from third to first.
Heat Eight: Stead, Morris, King, Covatti. (66.42) 30-18
Another win for Stead as he and Morris pass King after Covatti hit the deck.
Heat Seven: Barker, Batchelor, Auty, Lampart. 67.43 (25-17)
Barker wins from the gate
Heat Six: Ulamek, Andersen, Morris, Smolinski. 66.89 (23-13)
The Robins duo settle for the minor places as Ulamek takes the win.
Heat Five: King, Kildemand, Auty, Doyle. 67.18 (20-10)
Kildemand chases King for all five laps but can’t quite hunt his man down.
Heat Four: Stead, Batchelor, Ulamek, Covatti. 67.18 (18-6)
Both Robins flew out of the start once again for the home side’s third maximum in the opening four races.
Heat Three: Kildemand, Doyle, Auty, Barker 67.21 (13-5)
Another great start from the outside gate was enough for the Dane, with Doyle not far behind.
Heat Two: Stead, Covatti, Smolinski, Lampart FX 66.93
Beautiful first corner from Stead is enough for the win, as he cuts back past everyone. Lampart goes down to lose third.
Heat One: Andersen, Morris, Ulamek, King. 66.9 (5-1)
Andersen absolutely flew out of the gate to win heat one, and Morris was close behind him to stretch the home lead at the earliest opportunity.
A shortened parade is over, and we will be pushing on with heat one very soon in a bid to beat the weather.
The Robins have won the toss, and will go off gates two and four.
Troy Batchelor believes Poole will be intimidated by the way the Robins swept aside Birmingham on Monday night ahead of a potential grand final meeting between the two teams.
“They were obviously riding on the night, but I think Poole would have watched our meeting back and seen the score, and will be thinking to themselves that they have their work cut out,” he said.
“Everyone puts Poole up on a pedestal which is okay because they are a good side, but so are we.
“We are ready for them, that is for sure, and we have a good one to seven which is exactly what you need to win titles.
“Pete (Kildemand) is in awesome form and Doyley (Jason Doyle) is awesome too, and we have a lot of heat leaders and no second strings.
“Poole have three good riders at the top end, but the others let the rest of the team down.
“Winning heats 4-2 is what wins meetings, not drawing 3-3, so it is going to be an interesting match that is for sure.”
@swindonadver think Robins will race off into an early lead then the heavy rain will arrive #swindonrobins— @jon_stfc 04 October 2012
@AndyWarren_ @swindonrobins 89-1 to Swindon #swindonrobins— @CraigLyus 04 October 2012
Adver deputy sports editor Craig Lyus doesn't quite understand the speedway scoring system, but you get his point.
The only disappointment from Monday night's win at Birmingham was Simon Stead's score of 1+1, which Alun Rossiter believes is down to a complete lack of meetings.
“The only down side to everything at the moment is the complete lack of rides that Simon Stead is getting at the moment, which everyone can clearly see,” he said.
“It has been a hard season for him because he has only been riding in the Elite League while the other boys have been off all over the place, and I suppose it is not really his fault because he can’t double up.
“There isn’t really anything we can do about it but it is a real problem because he doesn’t really look comfortable on the bike at all.
“He just has to keep going and help his groin holds up because he is struggling with that after a crash.
“So with that and the lack of meetings it is a worry.”
“Tonight’s meeting is really important for him to get sorted ahead of hopefully the final on Monday.”
Rossiter is also pleased to have Dawid Lampart available to him once again, after the Pole missed Monday’s victory through injury.
“We always want a full team out and it will be good to have Dawid back because he has done well for us this year.
“He hasn’t quite been himself recently either, so he will want a good night tonight.”
Jason Doyle is relishing the prospect of facing former club Poole in the final, and will use it as motivation during tonight's meeting.
“I will not try and block it out at all, and I think I will probably use it as motivation to do well in the second leg because that would be a massive meeting,” he said.
“Last year when Poole made the final I don’t think I even got a mention because I was injured for it having rode the whole season before that.
“We want another big win, but we don’t want to think it is easy and end up letting it slip, so if we all go there and do our jobs then we will be in the final for sure.”
Captain Hans Andersen is keen on using tonight's meeting to try out a few things ahead of a potential final against Poole.
TEST: Hans Andersen
“We can go out and do a bit of testing on track because you do your best testing when you’re racing people.
“Not disrespecting Birmingham but we’ve still got a 20-point lead, so it’s more important to get a few bits and pieces completely dialled in for Monday when it comes down to the crunch.
“I will spread the word around being captain. Everyone wants to score a maximum every meeting, but I will encourage the boys to maybe try a few bits and pieces, just to make sure we’re on top of our game when Poole comes round.
“You still still have your usual bike which you normally ride, but maybe try something with a second bike.”
For anyone caught in two minds about whether or not to come to Blunsdon this evening, tickets are only £10 for adults and £5 concessions. Children and season ticket holders are free.
And it's stopped raining!
First up, although the Robins secured a crushing victory at Perry Barr on Monday, boss Alun Rossiter has warned against complacency.
“We have got one foot in the final, but it is only one foot, and we can’t switch off,” he said. “You can’t be cocky because it is only the first half that is done, and they will run us close at Blunsdon I’m sure.
“It is a track Birmingham like and it is always a bit slicker, and we need the fans to be behind us to show their support to the boys and get us into the final.
“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.
"I was watching the golf on Sunday night and I was jumping around the living room when Justin Rose found the hole, so I am glad my neighbours were away.
“But we don’t want to be in the position the Americans found themselves in, so we have a big meeting coming up on Thursday.”
WooHoo. #swindonrobins take on B'ham tonight in 2nd leg of play-off semi finals. With a 20pt lead from 1st leg, play-off final here we come.— @redmonster53 04 October 2012
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Good evening, and welcome to the Abbey Stadium for the Robins' play-off semi-final second leg against Birmingham.
Swindon bring a 20-point lead into this evening's meeting following their superb 55-35 victory at Perry Barr on Monday night, but they are taking nothing for granted as they bid to make the next week's final against the Poole Pirates.
Some very dark clouds have gathered over Blunsdon in the hour leading up to the meeting, but the rain is only very light and we are expected to get away on time.