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SWINDON ROBINS: Batchelor hopes Morris can recover for Poole clash
MATCHWINNER Troy Batchelor believes whether or not Nick Morris is fit to ride at Poole next Monday will play a vital role in deciding if the Robins make the Elite League play-off final.
Batchelor beat two Pirates tactical riders and snatched what could prove a vital point in heat 15 of the Robins’ 52-42 first leg victory on Monday night, but Morris’ evening came to an early end when he left the track in an ambulance following a heat 14 crash while he was chasing Josh Grajczonek.
The teenage Australian avoided serious injury but did pick up a concussion, meaning he will have to be assessed by a track doctor ahead of Monday’s meeting to decide whether he is fit to ride.
Batchelor is happy with the 10 point lead his side will take to Wimborne Road but believes they will have an uphill struggle if they are not able to include Morris.
“We’ll see on Monday but everything counts, we had seven points last year in the final against Poole and it was enough and we’ve done better than that this year,” he said.
“It’s hard to say whether or not it will be enough but it’s a good number to play with.
“With need Nick back and it’s vitally important he’s there because he’s a big part of the team, and obviously we don’t have Birksy (Ashley Birks) either which is sad and we wish him all the best.
“We have six really good guys and the ingredients to do it, and although it will depend on weather and gates and things like that 10 is a good number.
“Poole are almost a three man team where ours is a solid team, and we need Nick back and I don’t even want to talk about what it could be like if we don’t have him.”
Meanwhile the Robins have confirmed Newcastle rider Lewis Kerr as their guest once again for Monday’s return leg.
Kerr came in for injured reserve Ashley Birks for Monday’s first leg, and looked significantly quicker than his score of two would suggest as he played a major part in thwarting Darcy Ward’s tactical ride.
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