Monday August 26, 2019
SWINDON celebrated their 70th Anniversary in style – with their biggest win in 12 years to go top of the Premiership table.

The CFS Filtration Robins demolished Ipswich 66-24 in an utterly dominant performance in which the home side provided all 15 heat winners.

Ironically it was the Witches who were also on the receiving end in July 2007, when they lost 68-24 at the Abbey, and this was another chastening experience for the Foxhall side, who had started the day second in the table.

But the Robins now leapfrog both Ipswich and Poole, who suffered another defeat on the road at Wolverhampton, with Swindon recording the biggest result anywhere in the Premiership this season and only the second time that a team has topped the 60-point mark.

Perhaps the only surprise in such a one-sided encounter was that only two Swindon riders scored maximums, Rasmus Jensen and Troy Batchelor both notching 11+1 from four rides.

Jensen produced the highlight of the meeting with a stunning blast from last to second in Heat 9 to get the better of Witches duo Krystian Pieszczek and Chris Harris.

Elsewhere in the team, Adam Ellis was unbeaten on-track but suffered a disqualification for touching the tapes in Heat 1 – one of a spate of early stoppages with several races having to be re-run, whilst Tobiasz Musielak saw his maximum hopes ended when he broke the tapes in Heat 14.

Heat 2 saw a first-bend clash between Claus Vissing and Edward Kennett, but whilst Vissing recovered to post his best score for the club in a hugely encouraging performance, Kennett could take only one more ride before withdrawing with an elbow injury.

The Robins hit the Witches for four successive 5-1s between Heats 3 and 6, and four more in the second half of the meeting.

Ipswich rarely looked like providing a race win although Pieszczek was always competitive and Danny King rode strongly to keep Swindon skipper Jason Doyle at bay for second place in Heat 10.

All seven Robins riders won at least one race, with Ellis Perks again worth more than five points for effort.

Manager Alun Rossiter said: “Ipswich must be completely devastated, it must have been hard for them, but you have to give our boys credit.

“The reserves are doing well which makes a big difference, and after winning at Ipswich, beating Poole here, and now this result we’ve got to be happy.

“It feels like we’re hitting form at the right time, reminiscent of 2017 in many ways, and there was a great crowd as well so it’s all positive at the moment.”

Robins now look to keep up the momentum when they host Peterborough in their final home league fixture of the campaign on Thursday – before a trio of away matches which will determine their final position.

SWINDON 66: Jason Doyle 11+2, Adam Ellis 11+1, Troy Batchelor 11+1, Rasmus Jensen 11+1, Claus Vissing 10+1, Tobiasz Musielak 7+2, Ellis Perks 5.
IPSWICH 24: Krystian Pieszczek 7, Danny King 6, Jake Allen 4, Richard Lawson 3+2, Chris Harris 3, Edward Kennett 1, Cameron Heeps R/R.

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