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SWINDON ROBINS: Rosco delighted that focus has returned to racing
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter is pleased the club are finally able to focus firmly on racing after a dramatic few weeks at the Abbey Stadium.
The Robins’ financial issues came to a head on August 22 against Belle Vue when four riders only had one bike in the pits to highlight the fact they were owed more £50,000, with the Swindon management admitting they had cash flow issues.
Much of that debt has now been paid, largely thanks to main sponsors Excalibur and Pebley Beach stepping in to stabilise the club and secure its future last week, and the two backers have also combined to offer £10 tickets to tonight’s meeting in a bid to attract a big crowd.
Rossiter is hoping the club’s fans will be out in force for tonight’s meeting against Lakeside to show their support for the riders and is glad to be able to focus on matters on the track.
“This is a chance to say a thank you and show support for the sponsors after the backing they have given us and it would be great if they can all come out and show their support for the team,” he said.
“There are some great initiatives to get tickets for £10 and that means it’s a little bit easier maybe to get behind the team.
“It’s a great chance to get back to the racing now and back to the focus on the track because there are an important few weeks ahead for the team.
“The boys have got no worries now and we can get rid of all the other things that have clouded the club recently and concentrate on what we’re doing on the track.”
Rossiter fully expects his side to win against the Hammers this evening, but is also confident his riders will approach the play-offs with a different mentality when they eventually arrive.
“I think once the play-offs come there is certainly going to be a different attitude and a different focus around the club,” he said.
“The riders will know they have to deliver and at the moment maybe they think they don’t have to do it because we are already in the play-offs, and maybe the lull in having not many meetings has caused that.
“That will change now I’m sure and going into the play-offs everyone will be right on it.”
With Kyle Howarth riding for Premier League side Workington tonight, Rossiter has called on the experienced Jason Bunyan to guest and the Robins boss believes the man who raced in this year’s New Zealand GP is a good option at reserve.
“Jason is an experienced guy and he scored 10 at Coventry on Friday night so he will do well for us,” he said.
“He’s been there and done it and brings a bit of experience to our side, and that’s why we have brought him in to the team.”
If the Robins are able to produce the win Rossiter expects this evening the former Poole rider has backed his former club to get the points they need to snatch the last play-off place away at Belle Vue.
“I think it’s going to be Poole to be honest and I think they’re going to take it right at the end,” he said.
“We have to do our bit and win which I’m pretty confident we will, but I think then it’s up to Poole.”
As well as £10 tickets, available by producing the voucher printed in today’s Advertiser, Pebley Beach are giving away £20 MOT vouchers with every programme sold offering a saving of £34.
Communications company Excalibur will also donate the net profit from any new customer they sign up through speedway back to the club. Anyone interested should log on to www.ex-c.co.uk to enquire and quote ‘Robins’.
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