Thursday August 29, 2019
SWINDON smashed through the 60-point barrier for the second time in four days with a 65-25 hammering of Peterborough on Thursday.

The CFS Filtration Robins were again in awesome form on their own circuit, finishing just one short of the 66-point total they hit against Ipswich on Bank Holiday Monday.

Troy Batchelor celebrated his 32nd birthday with a five-ride paid maximum whilst skipper Jason Doyle was paid for the lot from four outings, and once again it was a huge all-round team display from the home side.

Unlike Ipswich, the Panthers did manage to prevent Swindon from securing all 15 race winners, as Rohan Tungate and Charles Wright won a heat apiece for the bottom club.

But those and a couple of wide-riding efforts from Jason Garrity for second places were all they could really take from the meeting, as big-name former Swindon riders Scott Nicholls and Hans Andersen scored just one point between them.

Robins could take further encouragement from the rapidly developing form of their reserves, with Ellis Perks and Claus Vissing racing to a 5-1 in Heat 2 as part of four early advantages for the home side.

And the second maximum came in Heat 4 with Batchelor leading from the front and Vissing overcoming Garrity in a terrific battle for second place.

Race of the night was undoubtedly Heat 6 as Nicholls and Ulrich Ostergaard made the start for the visitors, leaving Doyle and Adam Ellis chasing. But the Swindon riders both moved inside Ostergaard off turn two on the second lap before Ellis switched to the outside and passed Nicholls – and Doyle followed him through to complete an excellent 5-1.

Perks took the scalp of British Champion Wright in a 5-1 with Batchelor in Heat 7, whilst guest Nick Morris shot between Nicholls and Ostergaard in Heat 9 to secure another maximum for his parent club as Rasmus Jensen took the race win.

The Panthers’ best race came in Heat 12 when Wright used the outside line to take the lead and was briefly joined by Ostergaard before Jensen stormed from fourth to second, and Vissing fell on turn one as the visitors collected a 4-2.

But that was as good as it got for them as the rampant Robins ended with three successive 5-1s, a tactical substitute outing for Tungate in Heat 14 seeing him beaten by Morris and Perks, whilst Batchelor was involved in late-meeting maximums with Doyle and then Ellis.

Manager Alun Rossiter said: “The team spirit is sky-high, confidence is high and we’re loving riding our home track at the moment.

“You can say teams are poor, but I think you have to go the other way and say we’re good. That’s not being big-headed or cocky, but you have to give our boys some credit.

“When they’re not making starts they’re coming from the back, and their confidence in the track is just great.

“We still have three hard meetings to come but our destiny is in our own hands. We’re more than capable of winning on the road, so fingers crossed we can get some more points.”

Robins remain top of the table, level on points with Poole, although the Pirates have three home matches to come as well as a trip to King’s Lynn – whilst Swindon’s remaining three fixtures are all on the road.

That schedule starts at Ipswich on September 5 with the Witches’ play-off place looking ever more precarious after a home defeat to Poole on Thursday.

SWINDON 65: Troy Batchelor 14+1, Adam Ellis 12+1, Jason Doyle 10+2, Rasmus Jensen 10, Nick Morris 7+2, Ellis Perks 7+2, Claus Vissing 5+2.
PETERBOROUGH 25: Rohan Tungate 9+1, Charles Wright 7, Jason Garrity 5, Ulrich Ostergaard 3, Scott Nicholls 1, Ty Proctor 0, Hans Andersen 0.

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