ROSCO RALLIES ROBINS

Thursday August 02, 2018
SWINDON manager Alun Rossiter says it’s time for his full team to come together in a bid to maintain their Premiership play-off place.

The CFS Filtration Robins went down 54-36 at Somerset on Wednesday, a result which extended their winless run on the road to eight matches.

Rossiter’s side remain in second position in the table but are in the thick of a tight play-off battle featuring six clubs – and two of them will miss out.

He said: “I was very frustrated immediately after last night’s meeting and my comments to the local press certainly reflected that.

“I felt it was another away meeting we should have got something out of, but I want to stress there was no lack of effort from anyone in the team.

“In the cold light of day it was simply a case of it being one of those nights where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

“Troy (Batchelor) has been fantastic all season but he blew his best bike up and his second one was clearly not as good.

“Tobi’s (Musielak) ignition failed in his first two rides, whilst David (Bellego) started off like a train with three wins and then he burnt out two clutches.

“Adam Ellis rode his heart out for only five points and it was clear from standing behind the tapes that in the race which was stopped, there was no movement.

“Unfortunately there’s no consistency from the referees, some of them are letting starts go and others aren’t, and many of them are perfect starts which are being punished, which I know is frustrating for all team managers.

“There are no excuses, Somerset deserved to win and I can’t fault the effort of my boys, but now is the time for us to come together as a unit.

“We really need all of our top five firing at the same time because so often we’ve had one rider off, then next time it will be a different rider, and we’ve got to find that consistency quickly to make sure we finish in the play-offs.

“I must also say I felt the Somerset track was in the best condition I’ve seen it in for a long time. There were some problems the last time we were down there but they’ve obviously done a great deal of work and whilst we can often be quick to criticise, we should also give credit where it’s due because it was really good last night.”

Robins are back in action at the Abbey next WEDNESDAY (August 8) when they face bottom club Leicester – and they also have massive home meetings against play-off rivals Belle Vue (August 16 and September 6) and Poole (August 27) looming on their agenda.


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