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  • Swindon Robins 55 Birmingham Brummies 37 (110-72)
  • SWINDON ROBINS: Hans Andersen (3-2-2'-FX), Nick Morris (2'-1'-2'-3), Peter Kildemand (3-2-3-1), Jason Doyle (2'-0-0-3), Troy Batchelor (2'-2-2'-2), Dawid Lampart (FX-0-3-1), Simon Stead (3-3-3-3).
  • BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES: Danny King (0-3-1-1^-1), RR, Josh Auty (1-1-1-1-FX), Ben Barker (0-3-F-0-2), Seb Ulamek (1-1-3-4^-3), Martin Smolinski (1'-1-1-2), Nicolas Covatti (2-0-F-0)

11:11pm

Robins skipper Hans Andersen believes his side were always destined to be in the final.

This Is Wiltshire: Hans misses out again

"Everyone did their job tonight, and it is good to be in the final because that was our aim at the start of the year.

"We always knew we could be there, and it is just good to have it now.

"We can't wait to ride againsy Poole and they are sure to be two good meetings, and there is no reason why we can't win."

9:44pm

The Robins win 55-37 on the night, and 110-72 over two legs

9:43pm

Heat 15 (re-run): Ulamek, Batchelor, Barker, Morris FX. 67.65 (55-37)
Morris is excluded after picking up grip and hitting the fence, and Ulamek wins the re-run despite the best efforts of Batchelor.

9:30pm

Heat 14: Doyle, Barker, Lampart, Covatti. 68.72 (53-33)
Doyle passes Barker after the Brummies man makes a mistake.

9:29pm

Heat 14: Doyle, Barker, Lampart, Covatti. 68.72 (53-33)
Doyle passes Barker after the Brummies man makes a mistake.es a mistake.

9:24pm

Heat 13: Ulamek, Batchelor, King, Andersen. 67.80 (49-31)
Andersen is excluded for going down too easily under pressure from Ulamek, and in the re-run Batchelor is all over the back of the Pole before missing out on the line.

9:14pm

Andersen down under pressure from Ulamek, and it is the Robins man who is excluded.

9:12pm

Heat 12: Stead, Smolinski, Kildemand, Auty. 67.55 (47-27)
Auty was excluded after hitting the fence and Smolinski tangled with Kildemand as the race was aborted twice, before Stead eventually took victory.

9:04pm

9:04pm

Finally get to the re-run of heat 12, and Smolinski almost gets onto Kildemand's bike before the right lights are on again

8:52pm

Auty hits the deck with the Robins on a 5-1 and the race is stopped. Looked awkward

8:49pm

Heat 11 (re-run): Lampart, Batchelor, King, Barker. 67.43 (5-1)
Lampart jumped the start as the red lights come on, but gets away first second time around to take the win.

8:44pm

Red lights on, looked like Lampart jumped that one.

8:43pm

King going for double points in the next one

8:35pm

8:35pm

8:32pm

THE ROBINS ARE NOW SURE OF A PLACE IN THE FINAL

8:31pm

Heat 10 (re-run) Morris, Andersen, Auty, Baker F. 67.12 (38-24)
Andersen is warned for moving at the start, but the Dane and Morris get away first in the re-run. Barker falls at the back.

8:26pm

Heat Nine: Kildemand, Ulamek, Smolinski, Doyle. 67.65 (33-23)
Ulamek misses the start as he goes for double points, and Kildemand scrapes the fence to go from third to first.

8:16pm

Heat Eight: Stead, Morris, King, Covatti. (66.42)  30-18
Another win for Stead as he and Morris pass King after Covatti hit the deck.

8:10pm

Heat Seven: Barker, Batchelor, Auty, Lampart. 67.43 (25-17)
Barker wins from the gate

8:06pm

Heat Six: Ulamek, Andersen, Morris, Smolinski. 66.89 (23-13)
The Robins duo settle for the minor places as Ulamek takes the win.

8:02pm

Heat Five: King, Kildemand, Auty, Doyle. 67.18 (20-10)
Kildemand chases King for all five laps but can’t quite hunt his man down.

7:52pm

Heat Four: Stead, Batchelor, Ulamek, Covatti. 67.18 (18-6)
Both Robins flew out of the start once again for the home side’s third maximum in the opening four races.

7:47pm

Heat Three: Kildemand, Doyle, Auty, Barker 67.21 (13-5)
Another great start from the outside gate was enough for the Dane, with Doyle not far behind.

7:42pm

Heat Two: Stead, Covatti, Smolinski, Lampart FX 66.93

Beautiful first corner from Stead is enough for the win, as he cuts back past everyone. Lampart goes down to lose third.

7:37pm

Heat One: Andersen, Morris, Ulamek, King. 66.9 (5-1)
Andersen absolutely flew out of the gate to win heat one, and Morris was close behind him to stretch the home lead at the earliest opportunity.

7:30pm

A shortened parade is over, and we will be pushing on with heat one very soon in a bid to beat the weather.

The Robins have won the toss, and will go off gates two and four.

7:27pm

Troy Batchelor believes Poole will be intimidated by the way the Robins swept aside Birmingham on Monday night ahead of a potential grand final meeting between the two teams.

This Is Wiltshire: Troy Batchelor

TROY BATCHELOR

“They were obviously riding on the night, but I think Poole would have watched our meeting back and seen the score, and will be thinking to themselves that they have their work cut out,” he said.

“Everyone puts Poole up on a pedestal which is okay because they are a good side, but so are we.

“We are ready for them, that is for sure, and we have a good one to seven which is exactly what you need to win titles.

“Pete (Kildemand) is in awesome form and Doyley (Jason Doyle) is awesome too, and we have a lot of heat leaders and no second strings.

“Poole have three good riders at the top end, but the others let the rest of the team down.

“Winning heats 4-2 is what wins meetings, not drawing 3-3, so it is going to be an interesting match that is for sure.”

7:22pm

Hope not Jon! As long as they make it to heat 12

7:20pm

Adver deputy sports editor Craig Lyus doesn't quite understand the speedway scoring system, but you get his point.

7:16pm

7:15pm

The only disappointment from Monday night's win at Birmingham was Simon Stead's score of 1+1, which Alun Rossiter believes is down to a complete lack of meetings.

This Is Wiltshire: Simon Stead.jpg

SIMON STEAD

“The only down side to everything at the moment is the complete lack of rides that Simon Stead is getting at the moment, which everyone can clearly see,” he said.

“It has been a hard season for him because he has only been riding in the Elite League while the other boys have been off all over the place, and I suppose it is not really his fault because he can’t double up.

“There isn’t really anything we can do about it but it is a real problem because he doesn’t really look comfortable on the bike at all.

“He just has to keep going and help his groin holds up because he is struggling with that after a crash.

“So with that and the lack of meetings it is a worry.”

“Tonight’s meeting is really important for him to get sorted ahead of hopefully the final on Monday.”

Rossiter is also pleased to have Dawid Lampart available to him once again, after the Pole missed Monday’s victory through injury.

“We always want a full team out and it will be good to have Dawid back because he has done well for us this year.

“He hasn’t quite been himself recently either, so he will want a good night tonight.”

7:08pm

Jason Doyle is relishing the prospect of facing former club Poole in the final, and will use it as motivation during tonight's meeting.

This Is Wiltshire: Jason Doyle

JASON DOYLE

“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.”

7:01pm

Captain Hans Andersen is keen on using tonight's meeting to try out a few things ahead of a potential final against Poole.

This Is Wiltshire: WINNING IN STYLE: Hans Andersen celebrates victory in heat five at Birmingham

TEST: Hans Andersen

“We can go out and do a bit of testing on track because you do your best testing when you’re racing people.

“Not disrespecting Birmingham but we’ve still got a 20-point lead, so it’s more important to get a few bits and pieces completely dialled in for Monday when it comes down to the crunch.

“I will spread the word around being captain. Everyone wants to score a maximum every meeting, but I will encourage the boys to maybe try a few bits and pieces, just to make sure we’re on top of our game when Poole comes round.

“You still still have your usual bike which you normally ride, but maybe try something with a second bike.”

6:53pm

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For anyone caught in two minds about whether or not to come to Blunsdon this evening, tickets are only £10 for adults and £5 concessions. Children and season ticket holders are free.

And it's stopped raining!

 

6:48pm

First up, although the Robins secured a crushing victory at Perry Barr on Monday, boss Alun Rossiter has warned against complacency.

This Is Wiltshire: Alun Rossiter

ALUN ROSSITER

“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.

"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.”

6:44pm

Red Monster seems in no doubt as to the outcome tonight

6:43pm

YOUR SAY

Don't forget you can get involved in tonight's meeting by using #swindonrobins on Twitter or leaving your comments below.

So, what are you all predicting for tonight? #swindonrobins

6:42pm

Good evening, and welcome to the Abbey Stadium for the Robins' play-off semi-final second leg against Birmingham.

Swindon bring a 20-point lead into this evening's meeting following their superb 55-35 victory at Perry Barr on Monday night, but they are taking nothing for granted as they bid to make the next week's final against the Poole Pirates.

Some very dark clouds have gathered over Blunsdon in the hour leading up to the meeting, but the rain is only very light and we are expected to get away on time.

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9:01pm Thu 4 Oct 12

jimmys lovechild says...

Know wonder he came last in heat 7 he plays centre mid for Chelsea!
Know wonder he came last in heat 7 he plays centre mid for Chelsea! jimmys lovechild
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9:12pm Thu 4 Oct 12

the don69 says...

jimmys lovechild wrote:
Know wonder he came last in heat 7 he plays centre mid for Chelsea!
He'll take a penalty for that!!!!
[quote][p][bold]jimmys lovechild[/bold] wrote: Know wonder he came last in heat 7 he plays centre mid for Chelsea![/p][/quote]He'll take a penalty for that!!!! the don69
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9:50pm Thu 4 Oct 12

mancrobin says...

Well done Steady!! Great to see a
return to form with a 12 point maximum.

We will have our work cut out with Poole but with all the team firing, I'd fancy us to win.
Well done Steady!! Great to see a return to form with a 12 point maximum. We will have our work cut out with Poole but with all the team firing, I'd fancy us to win. mancrobin
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9:57pm Thu 4 Oct 12

mikek says...

Well done Simon looked like the Stead of old and if you can take that into the Poole match we have a great chance to win it over two legs. Just munching on some humble pie so have to go.
Well done Simon looked like the Stead of old and if you can take that into the Poole match we have a great chance to win it over two legs. Just munching on some humble pie so have to go. mikek
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10:20pm Thu 4 Oct 12

swindonspur says...

Pawlicki confirmed as injured for the first leg. Big boost that.
Pawlicki confirmed as injured for the first leg. Big boost that. swindonspur
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10:50pm Thu 4 Oct 12

swindonbob says...

I tongue in cheek suggested that Steady would score a maximum tonight. I wish i put my money where my mouth was!
I tongue in cheek suggested that Steady would score a maximum tonight. I wish i put my money where my mouth was! swindonbob
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