Batch aims for success on the road
5:30am Monday 21st July 2014 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
CAPTAIN Troy Batchelor is hopeful his side will be able to convert his side’s recent run of home wins into success on the road this evening when the Robins travel to Belle Vue.
Thursday’s victory over Leicester saw the Robins win three home meetings on the bounce for the first time this season, following successes over top two King’s Lynn and Poole, in what has been an up and down season for Alun Rossiter’s side so far.
Tonight Swindon go to the team sitting second bottom of the Elite League table and, although the Kirkmanshulme Lane track is not always a popular one amongst the riding community, Batchelor insisted they will be going into the contest full of confidence.
“We didn’t get all the points from our last three home meetings but we’ve been winning all the meetings, which is what you’ve got to do,” he said.
“We’ve had a few good wins at home now so we go to Belle Vue feeling pretty confident now.
“Those guys up there know that track really well and they would be feeling pretty confident too so it’s never going to be easy.
“It’s a hard place to go and I don’t really know what to say about that place to be honest. Sometimes you turn up there and it’s great to race and others you get there and you just want to go home.
“We’ll go up there with a positive attitude and will try to finish races because you can’t get any points if you don’t finish races.”
Batchelor admitted he endured an off night during Thursday’s win over the Lions, despite notching 9+1 and winning the match for his side in heat 15, but was pleased with the way the meeting ended.
“It was a tough one for us because they have some guys who go fast round our track,” he said.
“The track was difficult and pretty bumpy, so I just tried to finish my races and pick up the points I could. You have to finish races to get points.
“In heat 15, when it counted, we got that job done and that’s what counts. It was a bit of an off night for me maybe but I got the win when it counted, and I did it from the back too which is always good.”