Speedway: Swindon Robins too strong for Lakeside Hammers
Last Updated: 05/04/13 3:37pm
Ed Kennett: Paid maximum on home debut (Pic credit Les Aubrey)
Defending champions Swindon opened their league campaign with a 63-27 demolition of Lakeside Hammers.
The Robins have already scooped the first piece of silverware this term by taking the Elite Shield, and they continued that good form with a comprehensive win at the Abbey Stadium.
Score and scorers:
Peter Kildemand 12, Hans Andersen 12, Troy Batchelor 11+1, Edward Kennett 10+2, Nick Morris 7+2, Kacper Gomolski 6+3, Kyle Howarth 5
Davey Watt 7, Piotr Swiderski 5+1, Kim Nilsson 5+1, Robert Mear 4+1, Peter Karlsson 3+1, Richard Lawson 3, Lewis Bridger 0
Indeed, Lakeside were limited to just one win all evening, via Davey Watt as Swindon dominated from the off.
Hans Andersen led in fine style with a maximum, while Ed Kennett shone on his league debut for the club following his winter switch from Coventry, with a paid maximum.
Peter Kildemand and Troy Batchelor also hit double figures on a night to forget for Lakeside - whose top scorer was Watt with just 7.
Swindon co-owner Gary Patchett said: "The first thing I should do is praise the team, they were magnificent. They all put in a shift and put Lakeside to the sword in a convincing manner.
"We are delighted with the early season form, the boys have hit the ground running and we go to Lakeside on Friday full of confidence."
Patchett admitted worries over the size of the crowd, adding: "I must also place on record my concern about the attendance.
"I want everyone who was here to know how much we appreciate their support on an unbelievably cold night, our thanks to them."
"All I'm saying is the crowd level was a cause for concern. Hopefully better times are on the way."