Worrall and North the only Robins to offer resistance as the Eagles ease to win

Swindon guest leads Joonas Kylmakorpi as the Robins lose to Eastbourne

Swindon guest leads Joonas Kylmakorpi as the Robins lose to Eastbourne

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

BOSS Alun Rossiter admitted his Robins side carried too many passengers once again as they went down to 53-40 defeat at Eastbourne last night.

Despite another stellar display from Steve Worrall, with 13+1, the only other resistance to the hosts’ dominance was Dakota North with eight, while guest Davey Watt, Simon Gustafsson, Nick Morris and Nathan Greaves combined for only 10 points.

Skipper Troy Batchelor managed nine from five rides, although six came from a tactical victory in heat 10, but only six race winners, of which Worrall managed four, was nowhere near enough to halt an Eagles side led by Joonas Kylmakorpi (12) and Bjarne Pedersen (12+2).

The meeting provided little in the way of entertainment with most races won from the gate on a night where it was difficult to pass, with Rossiter admitting his side just didn’t have the strength in depth to stop the hosts from jumping back into the play-off places at the Robins’ expense.

“We carried too many passengers again,” Rossiter said.

“There wasn’t much passing and we need to sort our gating out, that’s obvious, but we had too many passengers and not enough riders contributed.

“We were in with a shout but it didn’t happen, although Steve put in another good performance. We can’t just have one good rider carrying us, we need to sort some things out.

"We ride against Eastbourne again on Thursday and that's a meeting we need to get all the points from."

With the black rain clouds circling and the wind howling, Pedersen blew the Robins pair away with a big start from the outside and left North trailing in second with Watt at the back.

With the Eagles top reserve, Lewis Blackbird, missing through injury, Worrall took advantage with a lightning gate which left the home pair for dead. However, he had to do it all again as referee Paul Carrington invited all four riders back for a restart despite Danny Halsey hitting the deck trying to sneak up the inside of Worrall on the exit of turn two.

Another good start from Worrall was wasted as the red lights were slammed on again, but it was third time lucky as he burst away to beat Ellis.

The scores were level after Gustafsson stormed out the trap to lead Cam Woodward home, with Batchelor backing him up for a heat advantage, before Kylmakorpi gave the hosts the lead again with a gate-and-go victory in heat four.

A dominant 5-1 from Pedersen and Mikkel Michelsen gave the hosts a stranglehold on the meeting, before Kylmakorpi’s second win of the night saw the lead stretched to eight points by the time Bob Dugard emerged on his tractor for grading.

A 3-3 in heat seven, with Timo Lahti winning, was followed by a maximum from Kylmakorpi and Woodward left the Robins were in tactical territory, although they were unable to use it in the second reserves race which Worrall won following another impressive start.

Batchelor eventually went in black and white in heat 10, making the gate to win, although Gustafsson was unable to back him up at the back after initially holding up the start due to the fact he was wearing the wrong helmet colour.

After the interval, Morris was excluded after going over his handlebars in the opening turn as three riders bunched together, with Woodward winning the re-run as the Eagles stretched their lead by two, although those points were instantly taken back by Worrall as his victory was backed up North.

Watt locked up and lost second place as Batchelor retired from heat 13, leaving the visitors on the brink of going home pointless, before it looked as though the Robins were going to hold on by a fingernail going into the final corner of heat 14. With Worrall well on the way to win number four, Morris was backing him up in third when he clipped the white line in the final corner, falling and losing third to Halsey.

Morris’s mishap meant all the points were gone before an Eastbourne 4-2 ended the night.

The two teams face off again at Blunsdon on Thursday, with Swindon again missing Peter Kildemand due to injury.

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10:14am Tue 12 Aug 14

Wiltshire lad says...

Rosco needs to grow some balls and make changes, we are close to the playoffs and there's a couple of riders not Hungary enough, like batch which he is not a heat leader, and Morris. Make changes now before it's to late.
Rosco needs to grow some balls and make changes, we are close to the playoffs and there's a couple of riders not Hungary enough, like batch which he is not a heat leader, and Morris. Make changes now before it's to late. Wiltshire lad
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12:15pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Di kanny oh says...

Wiltshire lad wrote:
Rosco needs to grow some balls and make changes, we are close to the playoffs and there's a couple of riders not Hungary enough, like batch which he is not a heat leader, and Morris. Make changes now before it's to late.
Never wanted Batchelor here in the first place and think he has been poor and not our rider. Quite a worry that our own assets seem to have dwindled in the past years and we do not have much in the way of future prospects and missed out big time on not signing Steve Worrall I felt.
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshire lad[/bold] wrote: Rosco needs to grow some balls and make changes, we are close to the playoffs and there's a couple of riders not Hungary enough, like batch which he is not a heat leader, and Morris. Make changes now before it's to late.[/p][/quote]Never wanted Batchelor here in the first place and think he has been poor and not our rider. Quite a worry that our own assets seem to have dwindled in the past years and we do not have much in the way of future prospects and missed out big time on not signing Steve Worrall I felt. Di kanny oh
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12:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Di kanny oh says...

Looks like Nick Morris in the picture and not a guest who would have been Watt who was carp. There is a number 4 on the rider in the picture adver.
Looks like Nick Morris in the picture and not a guest who would have been Watt who was carp. There is a number 4 on the rider in the picture adver. Di kanny oh
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1:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

morris 1 says...

To late to make any changes now (should have done this months ago) - we might as well carry on with the team we have, who knows pigs might fly !!!!
To late to make any changes now (should have done this months ago) - we might as well carry on with the team we have, who knows pigs might fly !!!! morris 1
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3:50pm Tue 12 Aug 14

themoonraker says...

morris 1 wrote:
To late to make any changes now (should have done this months ago) - we might as well carry on with the team we have, who knows pigs might fly !!!!
Agreed, BUT PLEASE, for next season, can somebody make sure that Rosco gets over his Batchelor and Morris ''love in''......imo both need to be moved on.
The only member of the main team that should be retained is PK and hopefully if we have not totally alienated Jason Doyle, by our treatment of him, these two should form next years spearhead along with three fresh faces.
With regards to the reserves, who knows what the BSPA will dream up for next season, so we wil have to wait and see, but if the fastrack system is still there do teams keep their existing fast tracks or do they all go back into a bidding pool?
I guess that eveybody knows that a certain promotion will be exempt from all rules and use who they want, but after that Rosco needs to pull another Steve Worrall out of the hat if we are to have any chance again next season.
I don't know about pigs flying, but our aussie chickens have certainly comwe home to roost this year..........in the main, very poor and dis-interested performances from both of them
[quote][p][bold]morris 1[/bold] wrote: To late to make any changes now (should have done this months ago) - we might as well carry on with the team we have, who knows pigs might fly !!!![/p][/quote]Agreed, BUT PLEASE, for next season, can somebody make sure that Rosco gets over his Batchelor and Morris ''love in''......imo both need to be moved on. The only member of the main team that should be retained is PK and hopefully if we have not totally alienated Jason Doyle, by our treatment of him, these two should form next years spearhead along with three fresh faces. With regards to the reserves, who knows what the BSPA will dream up for next season, so we wil have to wait and see, but if the fastrack system is still there do teams keep their existing fast tracks or do they all go back into a bidding pool? I guess that eveybody knows that a certain promotion will be exempt from all rules and use who they want, but after that Rosco needs to pull another Steve Worrall out of the hat if we are to have any chance again next season. I don't know about pigs flying, but our aussie chickens have certainly comwe home to roost this year..........in the main, very poor and dis-interested performances from both of them themoonraker
  • Score: 0

5:57pm Tue 12 Aug 14

morris 1 says...

We are very quick to criticise our riders when they are not scoring points ( me included) and we do give praise where it is due. But when there is only so much money in the pot, we cannot afford all quality riders. We should be asking why are they having a bad time, should we not try and encourage them.
I say keep the same team for next season, we have not had many meetings where our riders have had other commitments. Yes we have had bad choices for guests, but surely we should learn from this.
I do not think we would have done any better if Jason Doyle had been with us at the start of the season.
So for the remainder of the meetings let's get behind our team and give them our full support.
We are very quick to criticise our riders when they are not scoring points ( me included) and we do give praise where it is due. But when there is only so much money in the pot, we cannot afford all quality riders. We should be asking why are they having a bad time, should we not try and encourage them. I say keep the same team for next season, we have not had many meetings where our riders have had other commitments. Yes we have had bad choices for guests, but surely we should learn from this. I do not think we would have done any better if Jason Doyle had been with us at the start of the season. So for the remainder of the meetings let's get behind our team and give them our full support. morris 1
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Tue 12 Aug 14

bobbinalong says...

Will Worrall be riding for Swindon or Edinburgh on Thursday? Heaven help us if he is, he's the only consistent rider we have- most of the others are consistently bad!!
Will Worrall be riding for Swindon or Edinburgh on Thursday? Heaven help us if he is, he's the only consistent rider we have- most of the others are consistently bad!! bobbinalong
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