SWINDON Robins made it back-to-back SGB Premiership wins and solidified their place in fourth in the table with victory at home to Wolverhampton Wolves this evening.

The two teams had been level on points prior to tapes-up at the Abbey Stadium but Swindon produced a dominant display to pick up all three on home shale while also crucially denying Wolves any of their own.

Swindon were on the pace from the off as Jason Doyle led home a 5-1 victory in the opening race while the hosts had moved 14 points clear after 10.

Although Wolves closed the gap with two maximum wins in a row after that, Swindon rallied late on to wrap up the victory before putting the icing on the cake with another 5-1 in the finale, delivered by a stunning last-lap pass by Troy Batchelor.

Swindon had been dealt a blow before the meeting as Adam Ellis was ruled out after suffering a suspected broken collarbone racing for Birmingham Brummies the previous evening, but his team-mates turned in the goods in his place and scored 8+1 filling in for his rides.

Batchelor top scored with 13+3 from six rides, Rasmus Jensen notched 12 from a half-dozen of his own, while Doyle was not beaten by a visiting rider all night in his 11+1 from four outings.

Swindon got off to a dream start as they claimed a maximum win in the opening race. Doyle roared off the line and Claus Vissing slotted in behind before the Dane shut the door just as Rory Schlein spotted a gap entering turn three before expertly fending off the Wolves number one until the chequered flag.

Wolves then took a maiden heat advantage in the next as Luke Becker got the better of Ellis Perks in the all-reserves battle.

A superb start from returning Polish ace Tobiasz Musielak saw him take the spoils for Swindon in heat three, but it was not a happy first return to the Abbey for long-time Robins rider Nick Morris as he finished last for the visitors.

Race four was then the first to be shared on the night as Batchelor took the win for the hosts, putting in a brave ride to snatch the lead after being forced wide by Becker out of the gate.

The next race as shared too, although it looked like being so much better for Swindon out of the gate. Musielak nailed the start but overcooked his cutback into turn two and dropped to the back, although Jensen was right behind to pick up the pieces and take the win as the hosts led 17-13 overall.

It was a case of what might have been in heat six too as although Doyle took a routine win, the drama was behind. Jensen was all over Kyle Howarth in the battle for second but then got out of shape on lap three and was passed by Sam Masters as a potential 5-1 turned into a 3-3 draw.

Swindon did not have to wait long for their desired maximum, though, doing so in the very next race. Batchelor made a superb start but Perks found amazing speed on the back straight to slot in front of his team-mate.

Musielak won a shared heat eight for the Robins before taking a point for third in the next after he had to surrender in a cracking duel with Masters for second place. Thankfully for the hosts, though, Jensen took a classy win out front.

Swindon then began to really turn the screw as a dominant maximum victory in heat 10 courtesy of Doyle and Batchelor saw them move 37-23 in front overall.

The Robins had a bit of a shocker in heat 11 as Batchelor and Perks got stuck in the gates, allowing Schlein to lead home a much-needed maximum for Wolves to keep the meeting interesting.

A tapes exclusion for Musielak did not help Swindon’s cause in the next race as Perks and Vissing were left with a tough ask and could little to prevent Schlein spearheading a second straight maximum for the visitors.

Wolves then suffered a tapes exclusion of their own in race 13 as Schlein was kicked out and that allowed the Robins to get the perfect response when they need it most. Batchelor and Doyle combined once more to pull off a 5-1 victory and ensure the hosts only needed one rider to finish each other final two races to secure the meeting win overall.

That was then rubberstamped in the penultimate contest as Jensen and Perks slotted into the minor placings behind race winner Morris to earn a 3-3 draw.

Swindon then added gloss to their superb performance in the finale as Jensen took dominant win, while Batchelor produced a sensational ride behind rising from last to second courtesy of a final-corner pass on Ryan Douglas to see the hosts sign off with another maximum win.


SWINDON: Jason Doyle 11+1 (3-3-3-2’), Adam Ellis R/R, Tobiasz Musielak 7 (3-0-3-1), Rasmus Jensen 12 (1-3-R-3-2-3), Troy Batchelor 13+3 (3-2’-2’-1-3-2’), Ellis Perks 6+1 (2-3-0-0-1’), Claus Vissing 3+1 (2’-0-0-0-1)

WOLVERHAMPTON: Rory Schlein 9 (1-2-3-3-0), Ryan Douglas 6+2 (0-1’-2-2’-1), Jacob Thorssell 2 (2-0-R), Nick Morris 5 (0-1-1-3), Sam Masters 5+2 (1’-1’-2-1), Kyle Howarth 3 (1-2-0), Luke Becker 8+2 (3-2-1’-2’-0-0)