January 22, 2021

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Watch Zach Wajtknecht’s post-meeting interview after helping Swindon Robins to a 48-42 success against King’s Lynn All Stars.

In conditions that couldn’t have been more opposite to last week’s drizzly, grey and miserable night against Leicester, the CFS Filtration Swindon Robins made it two wins in two nights in hot and humid conditions at The Abbey Stadium.

Robins won the toss and chose gates one and three before promptly building on the following night’s 52-38 win at Poole with a 5-1 courtesy of Adam Ellis and Nick Morris.

King’s Lynn replied with their own 5-1 in heat two, Lewis Kerr and Kasper Andersen holding off Zach Wajtknecht, with Mitchell Davey off the pace in fourth.

A determined Troy Batchelor flew out of the blocks to lead heat three from start to finish, registering his first win of the meeting against his former employers, with Thomas Jorgensen grabbing second from Robins’ David Bellego.

All Stars young Brit Robert Lambert, having scored an impressive maximum 24 hours earlier at home against Belle Vue in a 53-37 victory, surprisingly pulled up with engine issues in heat four after Swindon’s Tobiasz Musielak rocketed ahead from the start. Davey held onto third to give Alun Rossiter’s side a 4-2 win and a lead of 14-10 on the night.

Batchelor out-battled Iversen on bend two of heat five to make it two wins out of two for the fired-up Aussie and Ellis replicated his Australian teammate by earning his second win in two outings in a 5-1 demolition in heat six, with Morris comfortably taking second from Lambert in third.

With Robins now leading by 10 points, the visitors rallied with a big 5-1 led by Jorgensen and Proctor, having seen Musielak and Wajtknecht both make poor starts.

King’s Lynn reduced the gap to only two points after heat eight when Proctor and Jorgensen racked up the visitors’ second 5-1 in a row, despite the efforts of Ellis who grabbed third place.

Lambert inflicted Batchelor’s first defeat in heat nine, having jumped the start and getting away with it to the surprise of the Robins faithful to restore parity and tie up proceedings at 28-28.

Robins skipper Morris showed true grit and bravery going from third to first down the back straight of lap one to take heat 10, with Proctor second and Ellis third, having led out of the first bend of the opening lap.

With Musielak making a blistering start in heat 11, young Robins reserve Zach Wajtknecht did brilliantly to fend off Grand Prix star Iversen to achieve a very timely 5-1 for the home side.

In a cracking heat 12, Batchelor held off a spirited Lambert for first place whilst Wajtknecht had to work tirelessly to keep Proctor at bay and score another 4-2 for Swnidon, making it 41-32 in favour of the reigning league champions.

Lambert displayed a clean pair of heels in heat 13n leaving Morris in his wake to reduce the deficite to 42-36 in favour of the Robins.

Bellego sealed the win in heat 14 for the Robins to take the chequered flag having overtaken Jorgensen mid-race, ably supported by Wajtknecht, who again showed maturity beyond his teenage years to repel Kerr for third place. The score now stood at 46-38.

Iversen claimed the final heat, with Morris a close second, followed home by Lambert and Batchelor to wrap up a 48-42 victory for the Robins, with the All Stars claiming a bonus losing point for their efforts.

SWINDON 48: Nick Morris 11+2, Troy Batchelor 11, Adam Ellis 8, Tobiasz Musielak 7, Zach Wajtknecht 5+1, David Bellego 5, Mitchell Davey 1

KING’S LYNN 42: Robert Lambert 10, Niels-Kristian Iversen 8, Ty Proctor 7+1, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Thomas Jorgensen 7, Kasper Andersen 3+1, Lewis Rose r/r
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