TURNING around an eight-point deficit against Belle Vue Aces at home will be no easy task for Swindon Robins this evening, as they bid to land their first piece of silverware this season in the SGB Premiership Supporters’ Cup final.

Following last Thursday’s 49-41 loss to the Aces at the National Speedway Stadium, the Robins are on the verge of scooping their first major trophy since winning the 2017 Premiership title in spectacular style at Wolverhampton Wolves.

A large crowd is expected at the Abbey Stadium tonight as speedway fans across the world flock to Cardiff for the annual British Speedway Grand Prix at the Principality Stadium.

And Swindon chief Alun Rossiter knows the backing of a vocal crowd can help haul his side to the magic 50-point mark they need to hit tonight to guarantee cup glory.

“Turning over eight points won’t be easy. We can’t take Belle Vue lightly,” said Rossiter.

“We’ve got to enter the meeting fully focused and expecting a battle – it’s the final, after all.

“No quarters will be given. It’s Cardiff week too. We’re fortunate that’s happening as we should get a big crowd as a result.

“Last week in Manchester was excellent. You don’t often see a coach load of fans travel to back their team these days.

“It makes a big difference, and the boys enjoyed it.”

Swindon enter the meeting high on confidence after Monday’s devastating 51-39 win against King’s Lynn Stars at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Ellis Perks, who weighed in with an above average score of five, was the Robins’ lowest scorer in Norfolk as Jason Doyle starred – dropping only a point – while Australian compatriot Troy Batchelor also hit double figures.

Rossiter was impressed by his reserves’ efforts against the Stars, but still believes there is more to come from Perks and Dane Claus Vissing.

“Monday was a fair track, racing was a bit processional but a few of our boys came from the back and adapted to conditions well,” said Rossiter.

“The difference against King’s Lynn was that our reserve picked up points, that was important. Ellis and Claus did a great job.

“They’ve got to do a bit more, though. But they will enter the second leg of the cup final full of confidence, for sure.”

The annual collection for the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund will also take place this evening.

The charity financially supports riders that have suffered career-changing and short-term injuries – and Swindon has raised the most funds of any club on a dedicated race night in the UK for the past four years.

Rossiter added: “The Abbey fans have been very generous in recent years, and we’ve got a big target to beat this year.”