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SPEEDWAY LIVE: Swindon Robins 46 Wolverhampton Wolves 47
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- Swindon Robins 46 Wolverhampton Wolves 47
- The hosts let a 14-point lead slip
- ROBINS: Peter Kildemand (3-2'-1-0) 6+1; David Bellego (G) (0-0-0) 0; Nick Morris (R-1-2'-2) 5+1; Simon Gustafsson (3-3-3-3-0) 12; Troy Batchelor (3-3-1'-1-2) 10+1; Nathan Greaves (1'-0-2'-FX) 3+2; Steve Worrall (2-3-3-1-1) 10.
- WOLVES: Tai Woffinden (2-2-0-2'-1) 7+1; Jacob Thorssell (1'-2-0-3) 6+1; Ricky Wells (1'-1-1-2') 5+2; Ty Proctor (0-1'-3-2) 6+1; Piotr Pawlicki (2-0-6^-3-3) 14; Joe Jacobs (3-2-1-2'-0) 8+1; Lewis Rose (G) (0-1'-0) 1+1.
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Right, that's it for this evening.
The Robins aren't in action again until they visit Leicester next Saturday, but can they still make the play-offs?
Even Simon Gustafsson wasn't able to take too many positives from the meeting, despite scoring 12.
"Not really for me because I screwed 15 up a little but so it's hard," he said.
"If you have a full house before 15 you should go and finish it, so I'm really disappointed."
Skipper Troy Batchelor is up next and made no excuses for tonight's loss, insisting the match should never have been in doubt going into heat 15.
"It looked good for a bit there and then they came back with the tac ride, then it went downhill.
"The track was pretty nice and we had a few 5-1s but this is speedway and you can't win them all.
"I gave 110 per cent but I couldn't save the meeting in heat 15. I've said it so many times though, it shouldn't come down to the last race to win or save the meeting."
Peter Kildemand admitted the track caused him a few issues this evening.
"It was hard, I started well and made some good starts. We all started good and I don't know what happened.
"It was like everyone fell asleep in the middle of the meeting and was really loose.
"I made two good starts and then two bad ones and that made it hard. It was really hard to pass tonight and slicker than normal."
9:19pm Thu 12 Jun 14
morris 1 says
What a disgrace to be 14 points up and then give the meeting away - Rossiter are you blinkered - time to ship out a few, new reserve wanted definitely, what excuse will you be giving us tonight - surely not the other team was better !!!!
I await your comment on tonight's match with baited breath
I assume the new reserve comment is directed at Greaves? Personally I think he's making real progress. Yes, it's slow progress and he's still finding things tough but there's definitely potential there. Just my opinion.
A little bit from Alun Rossiter here, who was as shocked as the rest of us following that loss.
“I don’t know what happened, it was a complete and utter collapse,” he said.
“Nick had clutch trouble all night but found out what the problem was too late as usual, and Peter is riding in too many countries at the moment and is physically tired. A couple more points from him would have done for us but I’m not going to put the blame on him.
“I’m shell-shocked and I really don’t know how we lost.
FINAL SCORE: Swindon Robins 46 Wolverhampton Wolves 47
Heat 15: Pawlicki, Batchelor, Woffinden, Gustafsson;67.24 – 2-4 (46-47)
Wolves make the gate, Batchelor hunts down Woffinden but can’t catch Pawlicki. Wolves win.
Here we go!
Gustafsson, Batchelor, Woffinden, Pawlicki in heat 15, with the Robins off two and four.
Gustafsson has to be in heat 15, surely. Wolves have pick of the gates.
A big, big heat 15 here. Didn't think we would be saying that 40 minutes ago.
Heat 14: Gustafsson, Proctor, Worrall, Jacobs; 67.27- 4-2 (44-43)
Gustafsson wins by half a straight to give the Robins the lead again.
Heat 13: Pawlicki, Woffinden, Batchelor, Kildemand;66.99 - 1-5 (40-41)
Oh dear. Wolves gate to a max. Both Robins get out of shape while chasing.
Heat 12 (re-run): Thorssell, Jacobs, Worrall, Greaves FX; 68.50 – 1-5 (39-36)
After a restart following Greaves’ visit to the fence, the Wolves dup get the better of Worrall as his machine dies on the last lap. He stutters over the line.
Red lights on half way through heat 12. Greaves hit the fence but seems fine.
Worrall in for Bellego in heat 11.
Heat 11: Proctor, Morris, Batchelor, Woffinden; 66.98 – 3-3 (38-31)
Proctor gates well and holds off Morris for a surprise win. Woffinden poor.
The Robins will still win this meeting but Wolves are right back in the race for a point after that.
Heat 10: Pawlicki (tac), Wells, Kildemand, Bellego;67.08 – 1-8 (35-28)
Pawlicki wins in black and white as Kildemand can’t pass Wells.
Pawlicki goes in black and white in heat 10
Heat nine: Worrall, Greaves, Jacobs, Rose; 67.36 – 5-1 (34-20)
Two more gates and another max.
Heat eight: Gustafsson, Morris, Wells, Thorsell; 67.24 – 5-1 (29-19)
Gustafsson goes outside, Morris goes inside and it’s another Robins max. Gustafsson is flying!
Bit of delay for track grading, but it all looks pretty positive for the Robins at this stage. Six race winners out of seven so far.
Heat seven: Worrall, Jacobs, Proctor, Bellego; 67.4 – 3-3 (24-18)
Ride of the night so far from Worrall as he goes around the outside of both Wolves in turns three and four to win.
Having struggled to beat fast track riders at the start of the season, Gustafsson just beat the world champ. Impressive stuff.
Heat six: Gustafsson, Woffinden, Morris, Pawlicki; 65.74 – 4-3 (21-15)
Great gate and a great ride as Gustafsson beats the world champion. Morris pushes Tai hard but can’t quite sneak past.
Heat five: Batchelor, Kildemand, Wells, Proctor; 66.18 – 5-1 (17-13)
Two great gates as the Robins take the lead.
Kildemand warned to stay still as heat five is stopped in the first corner.
Kildemand and Batchelor out in the next one against Wells and Proctor. The Robins will surely expect a maximum from this one. Surely.
Heat four: Gustafsson, Thorssell, Rose, Greaves; 66.30 – 3-3 (12-12)
Gustafsson makes a superb gate and leads to the flag to win by a mile. The Swede looked for his teammate in turn one and two but he was nowhere to be seen.
Heat three: Batchelor, Pawlicki, Wells, Morris R; 66.59 – 3-3 (6-6)
Robins gate on a 5-1 but Morris packs up and it’s another shared heat.
Heat two: Jacobs, Worrall, Greaves, Rose; 67.83 - 3-3 (6-6)
Wolves pair jump away from the gate but Worrall eventually moves from the back into second and Greaves pulls off a really good move to pass Rose.
Heat one: Kildemand, Woffinden, Thorssell, Bellego; 65.80 - 3-3 (3-3)
Kildemand gates ahead of Woffinden and holds him off coming out of turn two. Bellego chops Thorssell off in the first corner but the Wolves man gets him on the line.
At the tapes of heat one
It 24 degrees up here and Nathan Greaves is wearing a wooly hat. Madness.
NATHAN GREAVES, WITH HAT
Of course, we also are in the presence of the world champion tonight.
Batch wins the toss and takes gates one and three for the Robins.
Riders now being introduced to the crowd.
Rosco may rate him very highly, but by all accounts his time keeping isn't the best. He was very late getting here tonight.
Parade truck is on its way round, with Piotr Pawlicki on board. Rosco rates him very highly.
Parade was due at 7.20pm.
Ben Rossiter has been out on his little bike again tonight. Looking good!
And for the Robins we have David Bellego in as a guest for Dakota North, who has a knee ligament injury.
There's one late change for Wolves, with Lewis Rose in for Ashley Morris who suffered a head injury last night.
We should have a pretty interesting meeting on our hands this evening.
Sorry for the slightly late start, pushing through the queue for Tai Woffinden autographs to make it back here in time proved difficult
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