A SLICE of Swindon sporting history could be made this evening as the town’s speedway team bid to complete a faultless 2019 campaign by lifting the SGB Premiership title at the Abbey Stadium (7.30pm).

Unbeaten at home all season, Alun Rossiter’s Robins hold an eight-point lead over Ipswich Witches following Tuesday’s Grand Final first leg at Foxhall Stadium – which ended 49-41 to the visitors.

After lifting the Supporters’ Cup a month ago – one of two major trophies that all Premiership teams race for throughout the season – the Robins are within touching distance of completing the league and cup double, something the club has never achieved before in its 70-year history.

After 35 meetings, several key injuries, one shock rider retirement and an April track scare, the Robins’ success story hinges on maintaining their advantage against the Witches in front of thousands at the Abbey tonight.

And team manager Rossiter – who has been in charge at the Abbey for 14 seasons following six years as a rider during the 1980s – wants the town’s public to pack the stadium and watch history unfold.

Rossiter said: “I’m over the moon with our lead from the first leg. I’m not getting carried away, but we are halfway there.

“History can be written, it’s all on the line. Let’s pack that stadium, come on people.

“This title isn’t in the bag, never say that. Anything can go wrong, and I will never take anything for granted.

“Of course, I’m confident because of the way our home form has been, but we’re starting again.

“I want to see the Abbey Stadium packed, we deserve it.”

Tuesday’s first leg undoubtedly took Ipswich by surprise. A heat six maximum for the Witches following five shared races should’ve helped the Suffolk club establish a foothold in the final.

But maximums ebbed and flowed between the teams before five Robins race advantages in the concluding six heats confirmed Swindon’s healthy lead.

Tobiasz Musielak starred, dropping just two points, while Jason Doyle also hit double figures.

But praise was also mounted onto young Ellis Perks’ shoulders. The 22-year-old battled hard for five crucial points at reserve – a tally that proved match-winning.

Rossiter added: “Tobiasz performed really well on Tuesday, and can ride the tight and technical tracks – he’s aggressive.

“But I tip my hat to my one to seven. Ellis Perks too, he earned third and beat Chris Harris in a nail-biter on Tuesday.

“He totally deserved his points. I’m pleased for Ellis, he has been a dream to work with and the boys like him.

“He listens, he tries hard and works hard – he deserves everything he gets.”

Tickets for tonight’s meeting can be purchased on the gate with parking available at the track.