Wednesday June 26, 2019
SWINDON will reach their first Cup Final in twelve years – if they can beat King’s Lynn at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday (7.30pm).

The CFS Filtration Robins are looking to join Belle Vue in the Final of the Premiership Supporters’ Cup, and a win of any description against the Stars will secure their progression.

Robins have never won the competition – previously known as the KO Cup – at top-flight level, having most recently been beaten in the 2007 Final by Coventry. They did secure Cup silverware at Division Two level at the expense of Hull in 2000.

Ipswich currently lead the Southern group on race-points difference from the Robins, but the Witches have completed their fixtures and will be overhauled over the remaining matches.

A Swindon win on Thursday takes them out of range of all other clubs, whilst if King’s Lynn achieve a draw or better then the group will be decided in their re-arranged trip to Poole on a date to be confirmed.

David Bellego makes his first appearance back at the Abbey since re-joining the Robins as a replacement for Tobiasz Musielak, whilst at reserve club asset Stefan Nielsen gets a chance to impress as the Robins continue to seek a replacement for Zach Wajtknecht.

King’s Lynn raced a league match at the Abbey three weeks ago, in which the Robins came away with a 50-40 win from a hard-fought contest.

The Stars, led by top British duo Robert Lambert and Craig Cook, go into the meeting with confidence after an impressive 54-36 home victory over Belle Vue on Monday.

Reserve Lewis Kerr missed their previous trip to the Abbey due to injury but has been in good form of late and is part of a full-strength side for the visitors.

Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “We very much want to be in the Final and we know the job we have to do – but we certainly won’t be counting our chickens before they’re hatched.

“It’s a big opportunity for us and we have things totally in our own hands, but we need to respect what King’s Lynn can do.

“We’re coming up to decision time over a replacement for Zach, and I’m giving Stefan a try in this meeting. We’ve used Paul (Starke) recently but it’s not quite worked for him machinery-wise so far. Stefan is keen to do it, and we’ll see where we go from there.

“It would be great to reach a Cup Final in our first year on the new track and hopefully we’ll get plenty of support to back to the boys to do it.”

Supporters are reminded that following the completion of Heat 10 they will be able to vote for riders to compete in Heat 14 via Twitter polls for both clubs.

And there will be six further heats of action as the Reading Racers take on Exeter in a Midland/Southern Development League encounter straight after the Cup clash.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, David Bellego, Troy Batchelor, Adam Ellis, Rasmus Jensen, Ellis Perks, Stefan Nielsen.
KING’S LYNN: Robert Lambert, Michael Palm Toft, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Craig Cook, Lewis Kerr, Simon Lambert.

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