SWINDON Robins will have to wait before signing off their SGB Premiership season after tonight’s scheduled finale at home to Belle Vue Aces was postponed because of rain.

The weather could not have been a better example of pathetic fallacy after Swindon’s recent fortunes.

Positively dismal conditions clouded their last Premiership meeting of the year, a day after they learned they would not be part of the end-of-season play-offs after Somerset Rebels failed to beat Belle Vue at the National Speedway Stadium.

Belle Vue were the visitors to the Abbey Stadium, the same side who consigned Alun Rossiter’s troops to a year out of the trophy shootout with their home win on Wednesday.

Heavy clouds and a late shower covered the track, but it was a problem with a tyre supplier that delayed the start of the meeting.

This would only be the beginning of the issues, though, after further rain brought a premature conclusion to the meeting after only seven races.

Swindon team manager Rossiter felt it was the right decision to call off the fixture as neither team was comfortable on the track.

“I’m bitterly disappointed. The rain came down and it was very hard,” said Rossiter.

“While the meeting didn’t mean anything, I didn’t want to call it off but both sets of riders didn’t want to ride.

“Common sense prevailed. Belle Vue had more to lose because they’re chasing the league, and if someone got hurt because they fell on a wet track, all hell would have been let loose.

“It’s difficult. We were in an awkward position and there isn’t much we could have done.”

Swindon’s bad luck converted into the meeting itself after the home side lost the opening two heats 5-1.

It took the Robins until heat three to show any sign of life as Tobiasz Musielak came away with the win. However, Adam Ellis trailed in last, leaving the hosts 13-5 down.

Heat four got off to a stalled start as Craig Cook and Nick Morris were both guilty of unsatisfactory starts, but on the restart, Cook made the most of his opportunity to record the win, while Morris settled for second as the Aces stretched their lead to 10 points.

A heat later, the Swindon pair of Ellis and Musielak almost collided on their way out of bend two as they hunted eventual winner Dimitri Berge.

The visiting reserve was in great form and backed up his win with a second place in heat six behind Cook, leaving the score at 25-11 before a shower halted proceeding for over 40 minutes before tractors were brought out to sort the track.

After the tractors worked on the shale, it became more and more apparent that the meeting wouldn’t be able to restart, prompting the club to postpone the clash.

No date has yet been announced for a rescheduled fixture, with Swindon back in action on Monday when they host Kings Lynn in the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final.