Swindon Robins will take a narrow two-point lead into the play off semi-final leg with the Poole Pirates.
The Robins won 46-44 at Wimborne Road on Monday night, earning them a slender advantage for the home leg in two weeks time.
But Robins boss Alun Rossiter is insisting his side mustn’t get complacent ahead of the showdown at the Abbey Stadium.
“It’s not all over, there’s still 15 races to go in this tie,” he said.
“I’m pleased with the result and the performance but we won’t be taking anything for granted because we’ve still got work to do.”
The meeting started in entertaining style, with both Jason Doyle and Adam Ellis blasting past Jack Holder to earn a shared heat in the opener with Brady Kurtz clear out front.
The home side then endured some bad luck in heat two, with Paul Starke suffering mechanical gremlins whilst out in front, allowing Robins guest reserves Kyle Newman and Mitchell Davey to follow home James Shanes for another 3-3.
Rossiter’s side then snuck ahead in heat three, with Tobiasz Musielak notching the Robins’ first race win of the night and David Bellego able to see off Timo Lahti for third place.
However the scores were pulled level straight away, Hans Andersen getting the better of Nick Morris out in front whilst Shanes snatched third place from Davey on the run to the line.
Two more drawn heats followed with the Robins twice packing into the minor placings before a stunning heat seven saw them pull clear.
With Bellego clear out in front, Musielak had to fend off both Andersen and Starke, with several changing of places before the Pole eventually took second place by millimeters on the line.
Ellis then fought his way back from a 15 metre handicap having broken the tapes in the initial staging of heat eight to take second, with Newman hanging on to third to maintain the Robins’ four-point lead.
The Robins then went eight points clear with Newman and Morris notching a big 5-1 over the home pairing of Edward Kennett and Timo Lahti.
Musielak and Bellego’s 4-2 in heat 10 saw the Robins lead move into double figures, but Andersen and Starke led the Pirates revival in heats 11 and 12 as the gap closed six points.
The visitors top duo of Doyle and Morris once again produced the goods in heat 13, as they streaked clear to earn a 5-1 and restore the 10-point cushion.
However the Pirates ended the meeting in style to give them hope when they travel to Wiltshire in a fortnight.
A hard-charging Bellego was unable to prevent Starke and Kennett notching a 5-1 in heat 14 before Andersen and Kurtz rounded the night off with a 5-1 of their own, with Doyle unable to make an impression.
The Robins now return to action on Thursday to take on the Belle Vue Aces in the first leg of the KO Cup semi-final. Tapes up at Blunsdon is 7:30pm.
POOLE PIRATES 44
Brady Kurtz – 3, 3, 2, 0, 2′ = 10+1
Jack Holder – 0, F, 3, 0 = 3
Timo Lahti – 0, 0, 1 = 1
Edward Kennett – 2, 3, 0, 2′ = 7+1
Hans Andersen – 3, 0, 3, 1, 3 = 10
Paul Starke – R, 1, 1, 3, 3 = 8
James Shanes – 3, 1, 0, 1 = 5
SWINDON ROBINS 46
Jason Doyle – 2, 2, 2, 3, 1 = 10
Adam Ellis – 1′, 1′, 2, 0 = 4+2
Tobiasz Musielak – 3, 2′, 3, 2, R = 10+1
David Bellego – 1, 3, 1, 1 = 6
Nick Morris – 2, 1′, 2′, 2′ = 7+3
Kyle Newman (G) – 2, 2, 1′, 3, 0 = 8+1
Mitchell Davey (G) – 1′, 0, 0 = 1+1