SWINDON Robins sealed a stunning SGB Premiership title triumph with a remarkable comeback in the second leg of the Grand Final at Wolverhampton Wolves this evening.

Trailing by four points from Monday night’s first leg at the Abbey Stadium, Swindon’s hopes looked to be further fading when they were eight points in arrears on aggregate after seven heats at Monmore Green.

However, Alun Rossiter’s men rallied in sublime fashion to win the next six races by 22 points to 13 and they held onto that cushion over the final two heats to snatch a third national crown in the club’s history by a single point.

A stunning pass from Nick Morris on the final lap of heat 13 set up the Robins on the way to glory as it snatched him second place behind skipper Jason Doyle for a Swindon maximum and moved the visitors one point in front overall.

After that, the two required 3-3 draws were confidently delivered to kick start the celebrations for the jubilant Swindon side.

“What a star Nick is, my boy has done me proud tonight. I am so chuffed, he has come of age,” said team manager Rossiter, who also won the league as Swindon boss five years ago.

“Him and Jason are the two survivors from 2012 and what a performance from Adam Ellis with a broken scaphoid, it was unbelievable. The whole team were fantastic.”

The Robins got off to an ideal start and pulled off a maximum in the opening heat to level up the overall scores. Doyle burst to the front off the line and Adam Ellis followed him, bumping past Chris Harris on the fight for the first corner.

However, Wolves swiftly hit back as Nathan Greaves got the better of Bradley Wilson-Dean in race two as the hosts took a heat advantage and they followed that up with a maximum in the next as Kyle Howarth led home Rory Schlein.

Wolves then made it three heat advantages in succession after nailing the start in race four, although Morris produced a gutsy ride to deny them a maximum as Sam Masters took the chequered flag.

Doyle ended that run with a classy win in heat five, with Swindon taking a heat advantage with it to cut the gap to two points on the night and six on aggregate.

However, that was cancelled out in the next race as Howarth took a dominant win, although Morris again rode bravely to beat Harris to second.

The first shared heat unravelled in the seventh contest as Masters took the spoils ahead of Swindon pair Tobiasz Musielak and David Bellego before the visitors levelled things up on the night with a maximum in the next as Ellis got the perfect start and was followed home by Wilson-Dean.

Morris took a deserved first win in the ninth race but it was only in a shared heat and the outcome was the same in race 10 as Musielak took the victory to keep things level on the night and the Robins’ overall deficit at four points.

Falls and exclusions for Ellis and Mark Riss meant it is a straight fight between Doyle and Masters in heat 11 and a tight line around the first couple of bends saw the win sewn up for the Robins skipper.

Things continued to be nip and tuck as Musielak took the spoils in heat 12 but it was another shared heat as just a single point separated the teams over races nine to 12.

However, that all changed in stunning fashion in the next as Swindon took an unbelievable maximum. Doyle won easily but all the spoils went to Morris as he chased Masters all the way for second place before snatching it on the last lap to fire his side a single point in front on aggregate.

Schlein raced away to triumph in the penultimate heat but with Greaves having been second early on, crucially both Bellego and Wilson-Dean were able to find a way through to take a share of the points, knowing that outcome in the final would be enough to seal the title for Swindon.

And the brilliant Morris and Doyle did just that as although Masters made them sweat with a cracking ride to win the finale, the Robins’ Australian pair expertly shut out Schlein for the minor placings to kick off the celebrations for their side.

“I can’t believe it but I have got to work tomorrow,” said Rossiter.

“I have got to go down to Southampton docks in the morning so you might see a trophy in the lorry on social media.”


WOLVERHAMPTON: Chris Harris (G) 4+1 (1-1-1’-1’-0), Kyle Howarth 7 (R-3-3-F-2), Rory Schlein 10+2 (2’-2-2-1’-3-0), Jacob Thorssell R/R, Sam Masters 12 (3-0-3-2-1-3), Mark Riss 1 (1-F-FX), Nathan Greaves 7 (3-1-1-2-0).

SWINDON: Jason Doyle 13+1 (3-3-3-3-1), Adam Ellis 6+1 (2’-1-3-FX), Tobiasz Musielak 8 (2-3-3), David Bellego 4+2 (1-1’-0-2), Nick Morris 11+1 (2-2-3-2’-2), Bradley Wilson-Dean 5+2 (2-F-2’-0-0-1’), Liam Carr (G) 0 (0-0-0).