SWINDON Robins team manager Alun Rossiter conceded his side’s recent heroics on the road in the SGB Premiership meant he was a little disappointed to only finish with a consolation point in defeat after his side went down 46-44 at Poole Pirates on Monday night.

The trip to Wimborne Road was Swindon’s third away meeting in a row, with the previous two yielding five league points.

The most recent of those was a stunning 53-37 success away at Ipswich Witches, and the Robins knew another four-point success over the Pirates could potentially fire them to the top of the table.

It was not to be for the Robins, though, as three 5-1 wins for Poole in the space of four races saw a tied meeting after six heats turn into a 10-point Pirates advantage – a deficit Swindon never recovered.

Swindon boss Rossiter was left to rue that poor run as well as a missed chance to apply pressure in heat 13 when the combination of Jason Doyle and Troy Batchelor were held to a 3-3 draw.

“I am pleased with the point but I am a bit disappointed overall,” said Rossiter.

“Heats seven, eight and 10 killed us and then in heat 13 when I thought we could at least get an advantage, it ended up as a draw.

“Troy tried everything but it didn’t quite happen and it ended up 3-3, then there was another 3-3 in heat 14 and the match was over.

“If we had got that extra point in heat 13 and it had gone down to heat 15 with Jason and Troy going out for us, we could have ended up winning.

“We have had three away meetings in a row and got six points so I am very happy with that. It has been a very good performance by everyone.

“The trouble is, once you start winning, the expectations are higher.

“I am happy with the point tonight but just a bit frustrated to come out at the end 46-44 down.”

Swindon and Poole resume battle on Thursday when the two teams go head-to-head back at the Abbey Stadium.