REBELS’ HOPES OF PLAY-OFFS TAKE A BIG HIT


PREMIERSHIP leaders Swindon are six points clear at the top of the table after a 53-37 win at Somerset on Friday.

The Robins romped to a 12th successive victory as they closed in on play-off qualification, pulling clear in the closing stages of the meeting.

A six-point Swindon lead was cut to two by the Rebels in heat ten, but the final three races saw the Robins record two 5-1s and a 4-2.

Skipper Jason Doyle was unbeaten from four rides with 11 (paid 12) on his old home track, whilst David Bellego (12), Tobiasz Musielak (11 paid 13) and Adam Ellis (11) all kept up their fine form.

Lewis Kerr scored nine (paid 11) for the Rebels with Charles Wright on nine (paid ten) as their top-four hopes took a further hit following the draw with Leicester on Monday.

Said Swindon boss Alun Rossiter: ‘It was an accomplished performance, we set the tone in heat one and it all went very well. Everybody chipped in and did their jobs.

‘Tobiasz did really well. He has been our missing link since coming in but the whole team is firing at the moment and that is so pleas- ing to see.’

While Somerset’s Patrick Hougaard commented: ‘We knew that this was going to be a tough match, and Swindon showed just why they are top of the table. Although we tried our best, you have to be honest and say that Swindon were the better side on the night and fully deserved their win.’

Somerset visit Belle Vue tomorrow evening and are away to Rye House on Wednesday with the return clash against the Rockets at the Oak Tree Arena on Friday.

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