SWINDON Robins team manager Alun Rossiter is aware of the importance of coming back from a two-week sabbatical without any signs of rustiness.
Having claimed back-to-back wins on the road at Somerset Rebels and Poole Pirates before an enforced break, Rossiter’s side return to the Abbey Stadium tonight looking to record a first home win in the league this term.
However, unlike seasons past, when Swindon have struggled returning from a lack of action, Rossiter is confident that his side will show the benefit of riding for other teams when they take on a King’s Lynn side that they can leap-frog in the Premiership table.
“We had a good win at Poole and I know we don’t look back, we look forward, but if we can build on that, it will be good for the team,” he said.
“The good thing is, most of the riders have been riding so I am not too worried that any of them have gone stale.
“It’s not like last year where a couple of them were not riding and it would have been an issue.
“It’s going to be a tough one. You’ve got Batchelor and Holder in town and Robert Lambert and there are other riders who can pop out the win for them.
“A couple of them seem to be hitting a bit of form. Chris Holder was struggling early on but he seems to have found his way.
“We have got to be on our toes. I believe we are strong enough to do it but we desperately need a win tomorrow to keep us in good stead.”
There will be a new face taking to the parade, 7.30pm, for the Robins tonight as Dany Gappmaier, who replaced Emil Grondal at reserve last week, makes his Swindon bow.
However, Rossiter is urging fans to be patient and even admits himself that he is not sure if the early season gamble will have the effect he is looking for.
“We’re looking at all different things and seeing where we are at,” he added.
“Obviously where we started the season on high averages, we have made a change.
“It is one of those where I felt like I needed to do something and I didn’t feel there was going to be any improvement with Emil unfortunately.
“This might not work, it’s one of those things that I felt I had to do something.
“You have got to give him time.
“I am hoping he is the guy to pop out and win me heat two.”