Elite League Speedway: Swindon close on leaders
Champions Swindon closed to within two points of leaders Wolverhampton after they claimed a 47-43 away win at Lakeside.
Last Updated: 13/07/13 7:11pm
The Robins fought back from eight points down at one stage to take an impressive four points win - their sixth away success of the season.
Number one Hans Andersen returned to the side to lead them home with paid 12, but it was youngsters Nick Morris (10+1) and Kyle Howarth (9+1) who really impressed.
Lakeside had Lewis Bridger (13) and Piotr Swiderski (10+1) hit double figures, but guest Tai Woffinden disappointed with just paid 8 for the Essex outfit.
Robins boss And Alun Rossiter was understandably delighted with another away success.
"I'm really proud of the boys after that win. People were talking of a crisis in the camp after we lost at Birmingham, but nine points in a week is a brilliant return," said Rossiter.
"The boys were all fantastic and it was a superb performance. The track was in quite poor condition, but I think in the end that suited us a little bit because the home side were struggling with it as well."
Bottom of the table Peterborough Panthers put a dent into the play-off ambitions of local rivals King's Lynn Stars as their new look line-up claimed a 54-39 win at the East of England Showground.
Patrick Hougaard showed some of his best form this season as he top scored with 14, but it was the returning Krzysztof Buczkowski (11) and Norbert Kosciuch (3+2) and new boy Joonas Kylmakorpi (10+1) who particularly impressed.
King's Lynn number one Niels Kristian Iversen was excellent for his 16 - but there was little else on offer for the Stars - whose top-four quest has come off the rails in recent weeks after losing seven of their last eight meetings.
King's Lynn's stuttering has also allowed those behind them to close and now Coventry are just two points of the sixth-placed Stars after a 51-39 win over Belle Vue at Brandon
Belle Vue had started well and led by four points after six heats, but Coventry hit back with two successive 5-1s as reserve Aaron Summers inspired them to the win as he top scored with paid 14.
Grzegorz Zengota (13) and captain Scott Nicholls (11+2) also had good nights as Coventry made it seven home wins on the spin.
"It didn't happen straight away, we had to work for it, but to come away with all of the points was a great result," said Nicholls.
Grand Prix ace Matej Zagar top scored for Belle Vue with 14 points, but they are now just four points off the bottom after four successive defeats.