SWINDON became the first team to take maximum points from Elite League leaders King’s Lynn in 2014 with a stirring 50-40 comeback win at the Abbey Stadium.
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King's Lynn looked set for yet another away victory when they led 32-28 after 10 races, but Alun Rossiter’s side dug deep and produced a fighting finale.
The fightback started when Nick Morris partnered skipper Troy Batchelor to a sensational 5-1 over Niels-Kristian Iversen in Heat 11, and Dakota North and high-scoring guest Charles Wright recorded a similar maximum in the next race.
With the Robins four points to the good a pressure-cooker Heat 13 was twice stopped after first-bend incidents involving Kildemand, and on the second occasion the Swindon man was disqualified.
Batchelor, though, rose to the occasion by defeating Iversen and Bjerre in the re-run, and victory on the night was ensured by Simon Gustafsson taking the flag in Heat 14 with Wright supplying the vital third place.
The Robins still needed an advantage from the last race to secure all three points, and Kildemand and Batchelor ensured the Blunsdon faithful went home happy with another big 5-1 over Iversen and Schlein.
Rossiter said: “We spoke before the meeting about how we keep collapsing, but this time we started off slowly and then went the opposite way.
“I’ve got to say all seven riders were heroes and I couldn’t ask for any more. Even young Nathan (Greaves) got stuck in.
“I’m really happy, that was a great comeback and the team-riding of Troy Batchelor was outstanding. When he’s like that, he’s a joy to watch.
“I think the big turning point was when Troy team-rode Nick home in Heat 11. To keep someone who’s just won a Grand Prix in Copenhagen (Iversen) behind them was a great job.”
SWINDON: Peter Kildemand 11, Troy Batchelor 9+2, Charles Wright 9+1, Simon Gustfasson 8, Dakota North 7, Nick Morris 6+1, Nathan Greaves 0.
KING’S LYNN: Rory Schlein 10+1, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Kenneth Bjerre 6+1, Lewis Kerr 6+1, Robert Lambert 4, Nicklas Porsing 3, Simon Lambert 2+1.
SWINDON were denied the opportunity of back-to-back victories 24 hours later when their scheduled match at the Coventry Bees was cancelled due to rain.