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ROBINS BID TO BRING HOME TITLE

Swindon boss Alun Rossiter is calling on Robins fans to get behind their side as they seek a first league title on home shale tonight.

17 / 10 / 2019, 07:46

Swindon boss Alun Rossiter is calling on Robins fans to get behind their side as they seek a first league title on home shale tonight.

Robins triumphed 49-41 over Ipswich in the SGB Premiership Grand Final, first leg on Monday night and a win, draw or defeat by seven points or less will see them regain the trophy they lost to Poole last year.

The Blunsdon outfit lifted the Elite League trophy at Poole in 2012 and won the 2017 title at Wolverhampton.

We’ve never won the league title on our own circuit before; we’ve always done it away from home, so that would be extra special as well.

Alun Rossiter

Rossiter would love to see his side finish the job off in the second leg at Swindon tonight, but he’s refusing to get carried away after a fantastic first-leg result and is calling on fans to help them get over the winning line and add to their Premiership Supporters Cup success.

He said: “This is where we need the people of Swindon to turn out in force. We can make history on Thursday, we can do the double, and we want everyone here to see it.

“We’ve never won the league title on our own circuit before; we’ve always done it away from home, so that would be extra special as well.

“We are in a very good place after the first leg. I was very happy with the result at Ipswich, but we’re not getting carried away. Our feet are firmly on the ground, and we’ll see that the boys are absolutely focused on finishing the job.

“The good thing is we have plenty of experience in the team, riders who have won titles with us in the past and that gives us plenty of confidence, plus we’re riding well at home and are comfortable on the track. But this is a Grand Final and you never know what might happen. We’ll give Ipswich full respect and go out to make it a memorable night for the whole town.”

Ipswich boss Ritchie Hawkins refuses to give up on his side’s title dream as they bid to claw back an eight-point deficit to pull off one of the all-time great upsets in play-off history.

He told the Witches website: “It is a big ask of course; it was a big ask before we started. We go into Thursday with the mindset of clawing ourselves back into the meeting, winning the tie and taking the title.

“It would be an amazing achievement and a massive shock, but strange things happen and why can’t we do it?

“I don’t think previous results have much relevance on Thursday. We are starting eight points down with 15 heats to go and we have got to fight as hard as we can and that is all we can do. If we leave on Thursday knowing we put everything into it, either way we can hold our heads up high.

“Eight points can be clawed back in two heats. We can do it. Like I said we are massive underdogs, even more so now, but we will go there and do the town proud. I am sure plenty of fans will be there cheering us on until the end and we will fight until the end because that is what they deserve.”  

 

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