SPEEDWAY: Robins falter at the finish

Dakota North top-scored for Swindon at Wolverhampton

Dakota North top-scored for Swindon at Wolverhampton

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SWINDON suffered a late collapse in their 52-38 defeat at Wolverhampton on Monday.

Sky Sports Elite League

Wolverhampton 52

Swindon 38

Alun Rossiter's men were in contention for the bulk of an entertaining meeting but suffered three 5-1 reversals in the last three heats.

After some heavy rain throughout the day, conditions were tricky early on but Swindon were dealing with them as well as the home side.

Peter Kildemand won a hugely entertaining Heat 6 which saw Troy Batchelor pinch third from Ty Proctor on the line.

And when Simon Gustafsson won Heat 7 ahead of an enthusiastic Jacob Thorssell, hopes were high for the Blunsdon side.

Wolverhampton's world champion Tai Woffinden enjoyed his best display of the season in a solid all-round display from the home side.

Dakota North pulled off his best performance in Swindon colours with two wins and Kildemand saw his score reduced by an exclusion in Heat 13.

Boss Rossiter said: "I'm disappointed, obviously. I came here thinking we could get a point or even more from the meeting but we had too many weak links.

"Fair play to Wolverhampton, they came good when it mattered most and deserved to claim all the points available, they were the better team in the end.

"But after our win at Coventry on Friday I felt there was a good chance for us at Wolverhampton and we weren't able to take it.

"Troy Batchelor was struggling but I can't criticise the guy because he's been flying for us, he's made a fantastic start to the season. He will bounce back from this."

Wolverhampton: Tai Woffinden 13+1, Piotr Pawlicki 10+2, Ashley Morris 8+2, Ty Proctor 8, Jacob Thorssell 6, Ricky Wells 5, Joe Jacobs 2+1

Swindon: Dakota North 10, Steve Worrall 8+1, Peter Kildemand 7, Nick Morris 6+1, Simon Gustafsson 4, Troy Batchelor 3, Nathan Greaves 0

Elite League points: Wolverhampton 3 Swindon 0.

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