CROWD levels at the Abbey Stadium have fallen below the required mark in recent meetings, but Swindon Robins co-promoter Lee Kilby is hopeful business will pick up during the school summer holiday period.

Attendances in the early part of the Robins’ 2019 home campaign satisfied club bosses, but fixtures against King’s Lynn Stars and Ipswich Witches in the last month have attracted figures that will need to be improved on between now and the season’s end.

Swindon are set to host Wolverhampton Wolves at the Abbey on Thursday for the first time this season in the SGB Premiership.

And Kilby has called on Robins fans across Wiltshire to turn out in force for the meeting and act as the team’s eighth man amid their hunt to claim a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Kilby said: “Crowds have been OK. We had a couple of cracking attendances at the start of the season where I believe a few people were intrigued in the new track and what work had been done.

“It has tailed off a little bit since then, and we’re at that steady figure that is just below what we ideally need it to be.”

Promoter Kilby – son of legendary Robins racer Bob – understands fans’ frustrations after Norfolk outfit King’s Lynn visited the Abbey three times in the space of two months for both Premiership and Supporters’ Cup fixtures.

A seven-team league, in addition to the staging of the inaugural Supporters’ Cup, has naturally generated a series of repetitive fixtures across the top-tier calendar.

But Wolves’ visit to Wiltshire on Thursday will be their first of the season, and Kilby wants the return of former Swindon favourite Nick Morris to act as an incentive for fans to make their way through the turnstiles come Thursday night.

He added: “With the regular Thursday nights now under way and the sunny weather, we are hoping things will snowball.

“We haven’t seen Wolverhampton at the Abbey this year, so we have a fresh set of riders to race against.

“That plays a big part in proceedings. Watching the same side more than once in a short space of time is bound to have a knock-on effect.

“Nick Morris coming back will be a nice moment also.”