ROBINS v WOLVERHAMPTON, PREVIEW

Sunday July 29, 2018
SWINDON start their Premiership run-in with a vital home clash against play-off rivals Wolverhampton at the Abbey on Monday.

The CFS Filtration Robins are second in the table – and could return to the top depending on Somerset’s result at King’s Lynn – but have raced more matches than their opponents, and take on a Wolves side who are just one point behind in third place.

And with King’s Lynn and Poole outside the top four but very much within range, and fourth-placed Belle Vue still having to visit the Abbey twice, Robins boss Alun Rossiter says his side have to step up as a unit at the crucial phase of the season.

Wolves have yet to win on the road in 2018 and were heavily beaten at Belle Vue last week, but they did manage a draw earlier in the campaign at Poole.

Their last trip to the Abbey resulted in a 51-39 defeat, although they threatened to take a league point for long spells of that meeting – and Rossiter insists a repeat of that scoreline is very much the target.

He said: “Wolves are one of the teams who I feel we need to stop, otherwise it’s going to start getting close for the top four.

“Obviously the most important thing is to win the meeting, but it’s also important to prevent them from getting anything, especially at a time when we aren’t taking points from our own away matches. We need to start doing the same to other people.

“It was very disappointing to miss out at King’s Lynn, and really this has been happening too often in our away matches.

“We need everyone to come to the party at this stage, and we have to make sure we get the consistency we need throughout the team.”

The Monmore men include Abbey Stadium specialists Sam Masters and Rory Schlein, as well as former Robins rider Kyle Howarth in the middle-order.

They include Birmingham and Peterborough rider Tom Bacon as a guest at reserve with Nathan Greaves ruled out after a crash at Glasgow last Friday.

Robins themselves have named a full-strength line-up, with skipper Nick Morris racing at King’s Lynn and Sheffield last week with no ill effects from his crashes in the home win over Leicester seven days ago; whilst reserve Jack Smith withdrew at the Adrian Flux Arena but is expected to take his place.

Robins also visit table-topping Somerset on Wednesday with Troy Batchelor set to take over at No.1 in that meeting with new August averages in place, although the Rebels will be without World Champion Jason Doyle following his recent crash at Cardiff.

SWINDON: Nick Morris, David Bellego, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Troy Batchelor, Zach Wajtknecht, Jack Smith.
WOLVERHAMPTON: Jacob Thorssell, Ashley Morris, Kyle Howarth, Sam Masters, Rory Schlein, Cameron Heeps, Tom Bacon.


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