SWINDON Robins boss Alun Rossiter has warned his side not to take too much for granted despite admitting they have one foot in the Elite League play-off final.
The Robins returned from Perry Barr with a 55-35 semi-final first-leg victory over Birmingham Brummies last night, with Peter Kildemand and Troy Batchelor leading the way with 14+1 and 13+1 respectively.
Rossiter believes his side have all-but done enough to make next week’s final against Poole Pirates, but doesn’t want his riders to switch off despite their 20-point lead.
“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.”
Rossiter was a keen spectator as Europe pulled back a seemingly insurmountable American lead to win the Ryder Cup on Sunday night, and doesn’t want the same thing to happen to his side.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the Robins have announced ticket details for Thursday night’s return leg at Blunsdon.
Adults tickets cost £10 and concessions are £5, while season ticket holders and children are free.