Confidence flows with Eagles on the horizon

Robins' boss Alun Rossiter

Robins' boss Alun Rossiter

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

ROBINS boss Alun Rossiter is confident his side can make big strides towards the Elite League play-offs this week as they prepare for home and away meetings with Eastbourne.

The Blunsdon side jumped ahead of the Eagles following their home win over Lakeside on Thursday, but have raced more meetings than the Hammers, Eagles and Coventry as four teams battle for the two realistically remaining play-off spots.

Rossiter takes his side to Arlington tonight hoping for Simon Gustafsson to repeat his stunning form from the Robins’ previous visit this season, where he scored 15, with Rossiter confident of picking up points from a dominant home outfit.

“We go there with a full strength team, with riders who all like the track, so we should be full of confidence of getting something,” he said.

“Simon got his season going last time we went there so he should be full of confidence, we’re building up for the play-offs and I have confidence we will be there.

“I know we’ll be there, it’s just everybody else having a downer on it. I’m very confident, we’ll be in the play-offs 100 per cent.”

Rossiter was pleased to see Nathan Greaves enjoy his best meeting in the Elite League as he scored 6+2 against Lakeside on Thursday, but insisted the youngster needs to take on more advice if he is to continue his rise to the top.

“He’s still learning and has a lot to learn, but if he listens a bit more and takes a bit more on board then he’ll improve.

“Sometimes if you tell him to do something he does the complete opposite, but if you tell Steve Worrall to do something then he does it.

“Nathan just needs to learn and listen a little more.”

ANDY WARREN'S PLAY-OFF PREDICTIONS

LAKESIDE HAMMERS

Wednesday, August 13: Poole A – Zero points

Friday, August 15: Belle Vue H – Three points

Saturday, August 16: Leicester A – One point

Monday, August 18: Belle Vue A – Zero points

Friday, August 22: Coventry A – Zero points

Saturday, August 23: Coventry H – Two points

Monday, August 25: Swindon A – Zero points

Saturday, August 30: Eastbourne A – Zero points

Friday, September 5: Poole H – Two points

TBA: King’s Lynn A – Zero points

TBA: Poole H – Three points

FINAL TOTAL: 48

FINISHING POSITION: 5th

 

SWINDON ROBINS

Monday, August 11: Eastbourne A – One point

Thursday, August 14: Eastbourne H – Three points

Monday, August 18: Coventry A – One point

Thursday, August 21: King’s Lynn H – Two points

Monday, August 25: Lakeside H – Three points

Wednesday, August 27: King’s Lynn A – Zero points

Thursday, August 28: Wolverhampton H – Three points

Saturday, September 6: Leicester A – Three points

TBA: Coventry H – Two points

TBA: Belle Vue A – Three points

FINAL TOTAL: 55

FINISHING POSITION: 4th

 

EASTBOURNE EAGLES

Monday, August 11: Swindon H – Two points

Thursday, August 14: Swindon A – Zero points

Friday, August 15: Coventry A – Zero points

Saturday, August 16: Coventry H – Two points

Monday, August 18: Belle Vue A – Zero points

Friday, August 22: King’s Lynn A – Zero points

Saturday, August 23: Wolverhampton H – Three points

Monday, August 25: Wolverhampton A - One point

Wednesday, August 27: Poole A – Zero points

Saturday, August 30: Lakeside H – Three points

Saturday, September 6: King’s Lynn H – Two points

Friday, September 12: Coventry A – Zero points

Monday, September 15: Belle Vue A – One point

TOTAL: 46

FINISHING POSITION: 6th

 

COVENTRY BEES

Monday, August 11: Belle Vue A – Three points

Friday, August 15: Eastbourne H – Three points

Saturday, August 16: Eastbourne A – One point

Monday, August 18: Swindon H – Two points

Friday, August 22: Lakeside H – Three points

Saturday, August 23: Lakeside A – One point

Monday, August 25: Leicester H – Three points

Monday, August 25: Leicester A – One point

Monday, September 1: Belle Vue A – Three points

Friday, September 5: King’s Lynn H – Two points

Friday, September 12: Eastbourne H – Three points

Monday, September 15: Poole H – Zero points

TBA: Swindon A – One point

TBA: Wolverhampton H – Three points

TOTAL: 59

FINISHING POSITION: 3rd

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