SWINDON Robins boss Alun Rossiter sees no reason why his side cannot emerge victorious in Suffolk tonight as they face high-flying Ipswich Witches in the SGB Premiership (7.30pm).

The Witches are in imperious form at Foxhall Stadium, having not tasted defeat in any of their four home league meetings so far this year, while Swindon are yet to experience success on their travels in the league.

The previous meeting between the two sides at Foxhall ended with the Robins taking a vital point in a Premiership Supporters’ Cup clash back in April, going down 48-42 thanks to a 5-1 win in heat 14 from Jason Doyle and Adam Ellis.

But with three new riders in the fold since their last visit to Suffolk, Rossiter believes any potential success for his side may rest on how his new starters fare.

He said: “It would be nice to get our first away win there and I don’t see any reason why we can’t.

“But it’s knowing how the new boys will go around there, having not raced there week in, week out.

“It’s one of those tracks where it’s quite grippy, so we just need to make sure we attack it straight away.

“We’ve had a few breaks already which has done us a favour due to the injuries, but we’re back to full strength and fingers crossed we can get something on the road.”

Ipswich have brought in former Swindon rider Edward Kennett to replace David Bellego ahead of tonight’s meeting, and Rossiter is well aware of the experienced Brit’s qualities around tight circuits like Foxhall.

The team manager also highlighted the importance of gating well at the technical track if his side are to take a first away win in the league.

Rossiter said: “With the clay content Ipswich have got in there, you do need to make good starts because it leaves the good guys with the speed to go on the edge of the dirt and away they go.

“The starts are very consistent all the way across, so it is very important that we get our gating gloves on.

“They’re certainly a lot stronger with Edward in – certainly around Ipswich they are.

“He’s a very good small-track rider and he’s got bags of experience, so it’s going to be a tough test.

“That makes it even more important that we get our trapping gloves on.”