SWINDON team manager Alun Rossiter is confident that Robin Aspegren will put his stamp on the reserve berth after being handed a full-time place at Swindon.
The Swedish charger missed Swindon’s defeats at Lakeside and Eastbourne because his doubling-up facility had expired, as he had not found a Premier League club since his original side, Newport, pulled out.
But now the 23-year-old has been given a full-time spot at Blunsdon at the expense of Kenny Ingalls, and the Robins hierarchy are hopeful the Vetlanda man will not let them down.
Aspegren’s absence was telling against Lakeside and Eastbourne, with guests Anders Mellgren and Kyle Newman scoring just one point between them over the two meetings.
And ahead of the visit of Peterborough tonight, Rossiter told the Advertiser that Aspegren can propel himself to the forefront of the fans’ consciousness after being in the shadow of fellow reserve Peter Kildemand so far in 2012.
“Robin has been on the pace so far this season and it won’t take him long to get back up to scratch after missing the two meetings,” said Rossiter.
“We’ve certainly missed him and once he gets dialled in I’m sure he will score even more.
“We’ve had a few tight meetings where he hasn’t done that bad, but I’ve had to drop his fourth ride because Kildemand has been going that much better.
“In a way he’s been a victim of Kildemand’s success, but he’s good around the team and all the boys like him.”
Kildemand, who has recovered from an ankle knock he picked up against Eastbourne, will make his final appearance at reserve tonight following the publication of the new averages.
With Jason Doyle riding for Somerset in the Premier League and Seb Alden in action in Sweden, the Robins have elected to use rider replacement at number four.
Elsewhere, Simon Stead has switched from two to five, with out-of-form Aussie Troy Batchelor moving from five to three and youngster Nick Morris returning to two.
A whole hosts of subplots will run through the meeting this evening, with joint Panthers boss Jan Staechmann coming back to the club he bossed in the latter part of last season.
Hans Andersen and Batchelor take on their former club, as do Peterborough’s Jesper B. Monberg and Olly Allen, provided the latter recovers from a rib injury. The visitors’ Michael Jepsen Jensen is a doubt with a virus.
“There’s a bit of spice with Hans and Troy being ex-Peterborough riders and I’m sure they will be keen to do well,” added Rossiter.
“Jan is there as well and maybe he feels he wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip at Swindon, so he will want to turn us over.
“We’re going to have to be on our game because they have got riders who can ride the track. We won’t take anything for granted.”
Swindon fans will have the opportunity to donate to the Lee Richardson Fund at tonight’s meeting, set up in memory of the former Robins rider who died following a crash in Poland 11 days ago. In addition, number one Andersen will donate £5 to the fund for every Hans Andersen cap sold.
There will also be a centre green banner emblazoned with ‘#RICO’, which has been trending on Twitter since Richardson’s passing.