SWINDON team manager Alun Rossiter expressed his disappointment at the Robins only taking a consolation point from their SGB Premiership tie away at Belle Vue on Monday night.

Rossiter’s men needed heat 15 once again to decide the outcome of league fixture – this time it was Jason Doyle and Rasmus Jensen’s 4-2 that nicked a potentially vital league point at the National Speedway Stadium as the Robins went down 48-42 to Mark Lemon’s Aces.

Swindon skipper Doyle bagged 15+1 from his six outings while fellow final-heat hero Jensen scored 10 from five races.

Batchelor netted six plus one from four while the most disappointing performance of the night came from last week’s hero Tobiasz Musielak.

The pole recorded just a single point from four rides as he was excluded for touching the tapes in his second outing.

Rossiter vented his frustration at his septet once again leaving it until the last minute to snatch a result, but said great credit must go to his final pairing for digging the Robins out of a hole.

The team manager said: “If I’m honest, I’m a little bit disappointed. Tobi was a hero last week, but he struggled tonight.

“You wouldn’t expect that around here because it’s a big, fast track, but he didn’t look like he had any speed at all tonight.

“He doesn’t do that deliberately, you can only race on what’s under you, but obviously what was under him tonight wasn’t quick enough.

“I wanted more than a point. I don’t want to be leaving it until the last race having to get heat advantages against the likes of Kenneth Bjerre and Max Fricke.

“That was a really good result, so credit goes to Jason and Rasmus because Bjerre hadn’t been beaten until heat 13.”

Although comfortable victors in the end, Belle Vue’s night got off to a shaky start as number one, Max Fricke touched the tapes in his opener, leaving Richie Worrall to hold off Doyle.

The Australian looked to have passed Worrall on the final back-straight, but as Doyle tried to clamp down on the inside, he drifted a little wide, lost momentum and Worrall was able to hold on.

The Robins hit straight back with a 5-1 in the reserve heat – Ricky Wells showing some of his expert track knowledge from his time in Manchester to accompany the very fast-looking Ellis Perks to victory.

And while the score remained nip and tuck for the first third of the meeting, the Aces took a decisive lead in heat seven.

After Musielak was replaced by Perks for touching the tapes, the Robins reserve made a decent fist of wrestling second off Jaimon Lidsey, but the Aces reserve defended superbly to push Jensen out of the race and claim an important 5-1.

After a second 5-1 in the successive heat moved the deficit to eight, Rossiter reacted promptly to send out Doyle alongside Batchelor in heat number nine.

Doyle and Batchelor hit the front first, but after Batchelor hit a rut, it looked like the chance to return the favour immediately was gone.

Luckily for the visitors, Swindon's number five showed great determination to wind it on and pass the two Aces anyway to cut the gap back down to four.

Swindon's skipper utilised every inch of the National Speedway Stadium’s surface as he kept Lidsey at bay for a shared heat before the race of the night in heat 12 saw Swindon’s hopes of a meeting win extinguished.

Dan Bewley flew away at the front to take pole, though the real action was for second and third between Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and an unusually disappointing Musielak.

The pair traded places several times, rotating around each other like a couple of children on a spinning teacup at the fair, before the home rider squeezed over the line in front for a Belle Vue 5-1.

And while another shared heat was not ideal for the Robins’ hopes of a consolation point, another thriller in heat 13 provided those in attendance with some proof that British speedway is still alive and kicking.

Doyle, Batchelor, Fricke and Bjerre were inseparable for the vast majority of the race before the two skippers went head-to-head for what would prove to be an important three points.

Doyle bested his Australian counterpart by the length of a wheel after Fricke appeared to have snatched the lead on the final lap, and the pair would get set to go at it again in the final race of the night.

With the score at 46-38 to the home side, Doyle was in no mood to get involved in a close race and blasted away to take the heat win, leaving partner Rasmus Jensen to blast around Bjerre and snatch a hard-earned point for Rossiter’s men.