PROFESSIONAL sport is all about the glory of lifting silverware, and Swindon Robins can book their spot in the Premiership Supporters’ Cup final this evening if King’s Lynn Stars are defeated at the Abbey Stadium (7.30pm).

Doing so would reverse an unwelcome 12-year cup final absence for Alun Rossiter’s septet, who have experienced a 2019 campaign mixed with away victories, rider breaks and multiple last heat deciders at home.

Inconsistency mixed with pleasant surprise is perhaps the best way to describe Swindon’s 2019 campaign to date.

But that authority that Rossiter is searching for couldn’t fall at a better time when Peter Schroeck’s Stars visit this evening.

The meeting that has been dubbed as Robins’ biggest of the season to date, and for good reason.

Rossiter said: “We’ve got an ideal opportunity to go and win a trophy here.

“We’re under no illusions that King’s Lynn will make tonight’s match tough.

“But we can take great heart from our performance at home to Belle Vue last Monday.

“Obviously it wasn’t a great performance at Peterborough, the heat leaders struggled. But I know we are better than that, sometimes you just have a bad day at the office.”

Victory for the Robins tonight will see them face Mark Lemon’s Belle Vue Aces in the competition’s two-legged grand final.

Defeat, and Swindon’s hard work will be unravelled – while a draw will make qualification from the southern group for Poole and King’s Lynn still mathematically possible.

The turbulent nature of the hosts’ group stage campaign means little can be taken for granted.

Stefan Nielson steps in to fill the void number seven role, though regular guest Paul Starke is still set to attend tonight’s decider.

Nielson’s presence in the team means nothing regarding Rossiter’s decision to permanently fill the seven jacket – he is simply keeping his options open.

“I felt the need to give another rider a go,” explained Rossiter.

“I need to leave my options open and see what’s about.

“After our loss at Peterborough, it’s now down to the heat leaders to get firing again – and I know they’re capable of doing that.

“We’ll enter tonight with a positive attitude.”