Pirates maintain play-off push against plucky Robins. 20th August 2019
Poole Pirates 46 Swindon Robins 44
By Peter Moore
Poole Pirates push towards the end of season play-offs continued after completing a hard earned 46-44 victory against in form Swindon Robins at Wimborn Road on Monday in front of the BT Sport cameras.
After six heats there was nothing to chose between the sides, but two consecutive 5-1’s helped Poole open up an eight-point gap, which they never relinquished.
The opening heat saw Pirate’s Nico Cavatti fall on the opening bend which enabled Adam Ellis and Jason Doyle to claim a 1-2. Poole hit back straight away in the next heat when the reserve pairing of Cavatti and Ricky Wells claimed a 5-1 to level the scores.
Heat five saw a thrilling race with Doyle just getting the better of Nicolai Klindt to make it two wins from his opening two rides. Troy Batchelor also made it two victories from two rides after dominating heat six.
Pirates took the lead for the first time in the meeting when excellent team riding from Covatti and Brady Kurtz was enough to claim a 5-1 heat advantage. Josh Grajczonek and Wells teamed up for another 5-1 as the hosts took an eight-point cushion after eight heats.
Swindon Robins Team Manager Alan Rossiter was forced into using a tactical sub and decided to bring the excellent Doyle in, but the Australian could only finish in third place with Batchelor picking up another win.
Poole stretched their advantage to ten points after Jack Holder and Covatti banged in another 5-1, only for Swindon to hit back with two 4-2 advantages. Batchelor, who was outstanding for the visitors dropped his first points of the night in Heat 13 with Poole claiming victory on the night in the very next heat.
There was still time for Swindon to snatch a point after a 5-1 from Doyle and Batchelor in the final heat of a wonderful night of speedway.
Grajczonek top scored for the Pirates with 11 points with superb contributions from Covatti paid twelve on the night and Wells 6+4.
For Swindon the powerhouse duo of Doyle 15+1 and Batchelor 11+1 were in sensational form. However, it was Poole’s reserves who made the difference between winning and losing as Covatti and Wells picked up 16+6 between them with the Robins reserve pairing of Ellis Perks and Kyle Newman only scoring two points between them.