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SWINDON ROBINS: Rosco stunned by Belle Vue 'cricket score'
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter admitted he was taken aback by the margin of victory his Swindon side notched up at Belle Vue last night.
The Robins hammered their beleaguered hosts 60-33 to record their second four-point away win of the season and move third in the Elite League.
Skipper Hans Andersen might have misplaced an engine on his way back to Britain following his Grand Prix outing in Gothenburg at the weekend, but it did not harm his performance in the slightest as he roared to a 12-point paid maximum on his spare bike.
It was not a one-man display by any means as every single member of the Swindon septet scored well, with Troy Batchelor making a welcome return to form with 12 paid 14.
And Rossiter said: “It was a great team performance. All the boys chipped in, we set out our stall from the beginning and it went very well.
“I was always very confident privately that we could win but I didn’t expect the cricket score we got, but that just shows how good this team is.
“Belle Vue were below-par even before they lost Artur Mroczka (to injury after his first ride) and that hit them really hard.
“I told the boys beforehand that we had to get four points and that’s exactly what we got.”
Four 5-1s in the opening six heats set the tone for the evening as Swindon dominated from the outset against a side that had not won a single league meeting in seven attempts.
Aces guest Mads Korneliussen led the opener until the final bend when he was passed by Andersen, before the new reserve pairing of Jason Doyle and Robin Aspegren racked up a 5-1.
Mroczka fell when leading heat three and later withdrew, with Batchelor and Doyle slamming in a 5-1 in between.
Andersen and Morris grabbed another maximum and Korneliussen then could not make a tactical ride count after nearly being wiped out by Ales Dryml.
The Aces finally stopped the rot in heat seven as ex-Robins man Charlie Gjedde triumphed, before Dryml blasted to a six-point tactical ride and gave Belle Vue their first heat advantage of the night.
Aspegren and Batchelor plunged Jim Lynch’s men further into the mire, while Peter Kildemand claimed his first win in heat 10.
A first place for Andersen and a third for Morris made it 45-24 to the Robins, and although Claus Vissing was excluded from heat 12, the points were shared.
The final 5-1 of the night came courtesy of Batchelor and Andersen despite heavy pressure from Gjedde, and the 60-point mark was looming ever larger.
Kildemand continued his strong second half of the meeting with a heat 14 victory, before Gjedde took the limited consolation of a win in the final race.
Elsewhere in the Elite League last night, Coventry were sunk 50-40 at home by Birmingham, but of greater concern was an injury suffered by the Bees’ Scott Nicholls.
The former Swindon number one suffered a suspected broken collarbone following an horrific heat 13 crash, that occurred after he clipped the back wheel of Brummies number one Bjarne Pedersen.
The only other meeting of the evening saw Wolverhampton demolish Peterborough 57-35 at Monmore Green as Wolves’ Ricky Wells collected a sensational haul of 18 paid 20. The hosts’ Freddie Lindgren continued his good form with 12 paid 15.