Robins lead increased
Swindon extend lead as Poole lose
Last Updated: 12/08/12 11:03am
Troy Batchelor: Good form for Swindon (Pic credit Les Aubrey)
League leaders Swindon Robins made it three wins in four days with a hard fought 48-42 win over Birmingham at the Abbey on Thursday.
And boss Alun Rossiter admits the hectic schedule may have caught up with his side after a massive team effort in winning at Coventry on Wednesday. Birmingham were able to claim a consolation point from the meeting to keep their play-off hopes alive and Rossiter insists his riders never underestimated the visitors.
RESULTS AND FIXTURES:
Jason Doyle 12+1, Troy Batchelor 12+1, Hans Andersen 8+1, Nick Morris 5, Dawid Lampart 4, Simon Stead 4, Peter Kildemand 3+2
Bjarne Pedersen 16, Martin Smolinski 13+2, Sebastian Ulamek 8+1, Josh Auty 4, Ricky Ashworth 1, Kyle Newman 0, Danny King r/r
Krzysztof Buczkowski 13 Norbert Kosciuch 11+4, Michael Jepsen Jensen 10, Kenneth Bjerre 7+1, Linus Sundstrom 6+1, Jason Bunyan 2+2, Olly Allen r/r
Darcy Ward 17, Chris Holder 12+1, Sam Masters 5, Krzysztof Kasprzak 5, Ricky Kling 4, Dennis Andersson 1+1, Ashley Birks 0
He said: "They were a three-man team but those three rode really well. We don't take anything for granted and we respect everyone who comes here.
"The point lost isn't too damaging but when you raise the bar you expect perfection, and it wasn't perfection tonight.
"We were slow out of the starts and we have to address that, but Wednesday at Coventry was a big night and it's been a long week with crashes and engine problems."
Jason Doyle and Troy Batchelor were impressive with 12+1 apiece and for Birmingham the top three scorers Bjarne Pedersen, Martin Smolinski and ex-Robin Seb Ulamek did the bulk of the scoring.
Peterborough inflicted just Poole's third defeat of the season as they avenged their previous night's loss at Wimborne Road with a 49-44 Showground victory.
The Panthers showed great strength in depth to sink the Pirates, with every rider contributing to a win that boosts their play-off chances. The only negative for the home side was their inability to grab all three points on offer, but a Heat 15 5-1 from the majestic Darcy Ward and Chris Holder meant that the away team headed back to Dorset with a point.
Peterborough started brilliantly and raced in to an unlikely 10-point lead after the first four races, with Kenneth Bjerre, Michael Jepsen Jensen and Krzysztof Buczkowski all winning their opening heats.
The Panthers knew they had to deal the win in Heat 14 and they did just that with Linus Sundstrom and the brilliant Norbert Kosciuch coming in with a big 5 1.
Team manager Jan Staecmann had mixed feelings over the result. He said: "We were looking to get all three points and we were close, but we still got a win and that's the main thing. We threw everything at it but we just fell a bit short in the end.
"We had one to forget on Wednesday at Poole and I'm really pleased with the response we got tonight, we needed to get back on track quickly and we did that. We need to have priorities and pick up as many points as we can to climb the table and it was a good result in the end tonight."