SWINDON ROBINS: Rosco urges Lyon to stay in sport

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ROBINS boss Alun Rossiter is hopeful King’s Lynn counterpart Rob Lyon will remain in speedway despite admitting he had fallen out of love with the sport.

The pair go head-to-head at the Norfolk Arena this evening for what could be the final time, after the former GB boss threatened to walk away following his side’s defeat away at Peterborough on Thursday.

Lyon was furious with the state of the track at the East of England Showground, describing it as a ‘potato field’ after watching Grand Prix star Kenneth Bjerre break his leg in three places following a crash in heat one.

Rossiter sympathises with Lyon’s fears over the safety of the sport, but hopes he will choose to continue when he reviews his position at the end of the season.

“Rob has been around a long time, but racing can get to you sometimes and it can drive you down,” he said.

“Sometimes you don’t know whether you really want it, and that is where Rob is at the moment which I completely understand because I have been there too. He would be a really big loss to the sport if he did walk away because he is a great team manager and has been very successful, especially in the lower leagues.

“Maybe when it gets to the end of the season, and if they can make it into the top four, he might sit down and think a bit differently about it, and maybe he will decide to stay on.”

Rossiter is expecting another tough evening in Norfolk after coming away with a 45-45 draw on their last visit, but believes his side can go one better this time around.

“Hopefully we can have a better night than last time because when we went there before Hans didn’t have the best of times, but he is going well at the moment and I am sure he will do better,” he said.

“We will have Lasse Bjerre in the team and he knows the track really well, and he top scored for us in our last meeting there and will be looking for the same again.”

Meanwhile, supporters who won the Advertiser’s competition to win family tickets to Monday’s postponed meeting at home to Lakeside will be allowed to redeem their prize at any home meeting before September 20. Visit www.swindonrobins.co for full details of fixtures.

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