Rosco unfazed by Pawlicki lifeline
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter insists he is ‘not bothered’ whether Poole’s Piotr Pawlicki plays a part in the Elite League grand final, after rain yesterday handed the stricken Pole a lifeline.
Yesterday evening’s first leg was postponed due to a waterlogged track with the clash now delayed until Monday, leading to speculation that the lower-order ace, previously claimed by his club to be out for the season, could still have a part to play in the final.
But whether the Leszno-born star is at the start line in either leg is of no consequence to Rossiter, who said: “He won’t ride according to them, but if he does, he does, it doesn’t bother me.
“If you start worrying about other people, you start showing your weakness and we don’t have any weaknesses.
“I’m more worried about what’s going on at Swindon than Poole, and I’m focused on beating whatever team they put out.”
Yesterday’s postponement did give Swindon’s young Aussie Nick Morris a boost in his personal fight for fitness.
The 18-year-old had not fully recovered from back and neck injuries he picked up in heat 15 against Birmingham last week.
“Nick was still struggling, he wasn’t 100 per cent, so this will give him a bit more time,” added Rossiter.
“He’s got stiffness in his back and stiffness in his neck at the moment.”
The first-leg clash yesterday was called off in late afternoon with rain having fallen for most of the day in Swindon.
The decision was left until late to give the meeting the best chance of going ahead.
“The forecast wasn’t good but we were just hoping it would clear up, but it wasn’t to be,” said Rossiter, whose side travel to Peterborough in the Knockout Cup quarter-final on Thursday.
“Peterborough will keep us ticking over and allow us to get some racing under our belts.”