SWINDON Robins team manager Alun Rossiter has asked for two more comprehensive home victories in the coming week after his side dominated Poole Pirates on home shale to emerge 53-37 winners on Thursday night.

Not only did the Robins take all three points on offer for a home win, but they denied the visiting Pirates a losing bonus point courtesy of a 16-point difference – something Swindon managed in the reverse fixture at Wimborne Road on Monday night thanks to a 46-44 defeat.

The Robins can look forward to a visit from Ipswich on Bank Holiday Monday – as the Wiltshire club celebrates its 70th birthday – before struggling Peterborough travel to Blunsdon next Thursday.

With a third of his plan for an utterly dominant week complete, Rossiter reflected on an excellent night’s work for his septet and believes they could get even better as the heats go by next week.

He said: “It was looking a bit tough at the beginning, which we all expected, but once we got dialled in and got going, it was really good.

“The three meetings on the bounce now will do us good because we’ve had a bit of a break from here again and you don’t forget how to ride it, but we haven’t had that regular time on it.

“Once we got going tonight, and boys got dialled in again, it was good.

“We want to win, of course, but we need to stop our opponents getting points.

“If we can win on Monday like we won tonight and we can win on Thursday like we won tonight, that will not only be nine big points, but it stops our counterparts getting any points.

“That’s the plan anyway.”

The Robins number two, Adam Ellis was deservedly awarded rider of the night for a superb paid-11 performance that saw the young Brit pick up eight race points from his four rides.

Rossiter was pleased to see Ellis not only contribute a useful number of points when accompanying skipper Jason Doyle, but also that the French-born racer has taken his boss’ advice on board and is keeping still at the start.

Discussing Ellis’ performance against Poole, Rossiter said: “He’s not gating like he usually can – maybe it’s the fact that he’s keeping still at the start a bit more and not getting excluded!

“It’s all good – I’d rather he finished a race and battled from the back rather than getting excluded straight away.”

Despite the convincing victory, perfectionist Rossiter - who announced he would be leaving his role as Team GB boss on Thursday - believes the Abbey track could still be improved around the start line as having to battle from the back could end up costing his side later down the line.

Rossiter said: “We’ve got to get something done with the starts to even them up a little bit because if you don’t get the right gate when you lose the toss, it can be important later on in the meeting.”