SWINDON ROBINS 42 BELLE VUE ACES 48: Kildemand spill wrecks Robins' chances (From Swindon Advertiser)
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SWINDON ROBINS 42 BELLE VUE ACES 48: Kildemand spill wrecks Robins' chances
SWINDON Robins’ chances of returning to the top of the Elite League disappeared when Peter Kildemand was forced out of last night’s 48-42 home defeat to lowly Belle Vue.
The Dane crashed out of heat five as he was chasing down leader Matej Zagar, and after suffering injuries to his leg and shoulder was forced out of the meeting as the Robins eventually slipped to a disappointing home defeat.
Kildemand’s rides were then shared by reserves Ashley Birks and Kyle Howarth who only managed a point apiece from the two heats, and with captain Hans Andersen now without a race victory in three home meetings the Robins were always going to struggle.
Troy Batchelor and Nick Morris fought valiantly to 10+1 and 9+1 while Edward Kennett scored seven, but with Aces number one Matej Zagar scoring a stylish maximum home boss Alun Rossiter was left to curse Kildemand’s loss.
“Peter went in really heavy and was a little bit dazed, and while it was a real shame to lose him I don’t blame him,” he said.
“He took a big hit to his leg and his shoulder and is battered and bruised, and you just won’t get the best out of someone when he’s like that.
“Whenever we lose Peter we lose, it’s a simple fact, and that shows how important he is to us. We have to make sure we all deliver and that our riders are fit.
“Hans had a hard night and I don’t know what the matter is with him, but we need to sort it and he’s in Swindon tomorrow so I will talk to him and try and get things sorted.”
“It’s a difficult day today and there’s lots going on, and that didn’t help, although the loss of Peter was the biggest factor in it all.”
Andersen made the gate in the opener but was rounded by Zagar who took the win, and when Kennett slipped to the back behind Josh Grajczonek the Aces took a lead from heat one which they extended with a very impressive 5-1 from their two guest reserves which was awarded when Howarth slipped off at the back.
Kildemand rolled to an easy victory in heat three as Morris backed him up in third, and the Robins levelled things in heat four as Batchelor and Howarth stormed to a superb 5-1.
After winning his first ride Kildemand’s second outing ended as he hurtled into the fence at speed before being excluded from heat five. In the re-run Morris couldn’t really trouble Zagar and Kevin Wolbert as the two Aces took a 5-1 to open the lead up again, before Kennett made a superb gate and was backed up by Andersen as the Robins narrowed the gap by two.
Wolbert’s sparkling form continued with victory over Andersen in heat seven, before both Kennett and Howarth produced superb passes to turn another Aces heat advantage into a positive for the Robins as the gap was again closed to only two.
Kildemand was feeling the effects of his earlier crash and sat out heat nine, but with Morris working his way from third to first and replacement Howarth taking the single point the Robins were able to limit the damage.
After an aborted first attempt both Andersen and Kennett were left at the start as Wolbert and Craig Cook took a 5-1 with an embarrassing ease, and things didn’t get much better for Swindon in the next as Zagar got the better of Batchelor out the start andKevin Doolan battled his way past Birks for a 4-2.
Both heats 12 and 13 were shared as Cook and Zagar took victories for the Aces, before the visitors took all the points as the final two heats of the night went the same way.
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