Kildemand and Andersen top-score as Robins beat Poole
9:30pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in Sport
Sky Sports Elite League.
Swindon Robins 50 Poole Pirates 43.
SWINDON kept their hopes of finishing top of the Elite League table alive with a hard-fought 50-43 victory over play-off chasing Poole at the Abbey on Thursday.
In front of a bumper crowd of more than 2,000, the Robins put in a battling display to dispatch the Pirates and take all three Elite League points.
Team boss Alun Rossiter was delighted to see his side bounce back from two consecutive defeats.
Said Rossiter: “It was a really good win in front of what was easily our best crowd of the season and probably our best attendance for a few years.
“All the boys chipped in and it was a good all-around performance which was exactly what we needed after a couple of defeats.”
Danish duo Hans Andersen and Peter Kildemand looked back to their best as they put in exceptional performances – with Kildemand only denied a maximum by GP sensation Darcy Ward in Heat 15.
He combined with Nick Morris for two 5-1s as the young Aussie enjoyed another superb evening – while Troy Batchelor and Eddie Kennett both recorded race wins to complete a strong display from the Robins top five.
Down at reserve, Kyle Howarth fought hard to notch a useful contribution against his former club, and Ashley Birks also chipped in with some crucial points to help his side take all three points.
Swindon: Peter Kildemand 12+1, Hans Andersen 12, Nick Morris 7+2, Troy Batchelor 7, Kyle Howarth 5+2, Edward Kennett 5+1, Ashley Birks 2+2.
Poole: Darcy Ward 15, Greg Hancock 9, Josh Grakczonek 8+1, Maciej Janowski 7, Thomas H Jonasson 4+1, Micky Dyer 0, Rohan Tungate R/R.