ROBINS reserve Darryl Ritchings is being transferred to an Oxford hospital for specialist treatment after sustaining a broken ankle in last night’s home defeat by Coventry.

Ritchings was involved in a horrifying heat two crash and was taken from the track for immediate medical attention. He is now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The club have moved swiftly to snap up Dan Greenwood, who won the National League title last season, to replace Ritchings in the reserve position.

Swindon team manager Alun Rossiter said: “Everybody knew it was a dreadful crash for Darryl, and all of us at Swindon speedway send our very best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.

“He has broken his ankle, and they are transferring him to Oxford to assess the full extent of his injuries.

“Our thoughts are with Darryl and his family at this time – the kid was so excited about riding for his hometown club.

“We’ve had to move quickly to plug the gap, and Dan Greenwood is one rider who we considered during the winter. He’s ever-so keen, and we’re pleased to welcome him to Swindon Speedway albeit under sad circumstances.”