SWINDON ROBINS: Doyle relishing potential final against Poole
6:00am Thursday 4th October 2012 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, email@example.com, @AndyWarren_
JASON Doyle will use the prospect of a grand final meeting with former club Poole as motivation to finish the job against Birmingham this evening.
The Robins took a 20-point lead from their semi-final first leg with the Brummies at Perry Barr on Monday night, on an evening when the Pirates booked their own place in the final with a comprehensive two-leg victory over Lakeside.
But while Doyle knows the Robins still have work to do to book their own place in the final, he is allowing himself to think ahead to the prospect of a return to Wimborne Road to challenge for the Elite League title.
“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.”
Doyle was surprised by the Robins’ winning margin in the first leg, but was pleased to be able to weigh in with a score of 9+1 having not ridden at Perry Barr all year due to his Premier League commitments with Somerset.
“It was great to be involved in the win on Monday night, because I have not ridden at the track in Birmingham all year because I have been off riding for Somerset,” he said.
“I was pleased to make a good account of myself and for us to get a 20- point lead is unbelievable.
“I knew how good our side is but I don’t think we were expecting to win by quite so many, and it is a massive boost for us going into the second leg and then the final.”