SWINDON Robins cruised to an easy 59-36 victory over Wolves on Thursday night, with Nick Morris and Peter Kildemand leading the way. Link Sport’s Andy Warren looks at what we learnt at the Abbey Stadium.
1: The Robins are strong from top to bottom
Granted, Wolves were depleted, but the Robins have a top five which would be the envy of most Elite League teams, especially at the moment. Kildemand, Batchelor, Gustafsson, Morris and North are all capable of hitting double figures in any meeting, which is something which should be feared.
2: Speedway fans know when they’re being short changed
With five guest and rider replacement operating for the visitors, this match was always going to be a non-event. The Robins fans realised and voted with their feet, producing a disappointing crowd.
3: Kildemand is still an all-action rider
While some fans have been quick to criticise Kildemand this season, the Dane produced two stunning passes in heat 10 to back up Nick Morris for a 5-1. He’s still got it.
4: Ronnie Allan is a tough referee
Ronnie Allan is widely known to be a referee with very high standard, happy to fine riders £150 for moving at the start after they’ve had a warning. Nathan Greaves found this out last night, although he wasn’t fined, Allan did talk to the reserve after the meeting to insist on him how he shouldn’t do it again. The ref was doing so in order to help Greaves, but was still very firm.
5: Fans look after their own
Purton rider Darryl Ritchings was at the Abbey last night raising money for his upcoming bike ride, helping to support the intensive care unit which treated him during his horror crash earlier in the season. The Swindon fans dug deep into their pockets, pushing Ritchings’ total on significantly.