Elite League Speedway: Swindon Robins ease past Peterborough Panthers
Swindon Robins continued their strong start to the new season with a dominant 54-38 victory over Peterborough Panthers.
Last Updated: 09/04/13 9:54am
Skipper Hans Andersen, who was the subject of a signing dispute between the Robins and parent club Peterborough over the winter, led the way with five wins out of five at Abbey Stadium.
The Robins took an early lead which they extended in the middle heats, with the visitors unable to close the gap late on as unbeaten Swindon took the maximum three points away from the contest.
"Hans (Andersen) looks really sharp, he looks like the old Hans now," Swindon manager Alun Rossiter told Sky Sports.
"He's sharper and he's hungrier, he's had an injury-free season and he's really hungry. He looks like he did about four seasons ago."
Andersen set the tone by winning the opening heat, with Ryan Fisher being disqualified after taking out Nick Morris to give the hosts a 4-2 lead.
The points were shared in the second heat but Swindon took a firm grip of the contest in the third as Peter Kildemand led home Edward Kennett for a 5-1 in the heat and a six-point lead overall.
Andersen took his second win of the night in heat six, although the Panthers did finally manage to get the better of a heat as Troy Batchelor fell in the seventh race of the evening.
That small gain was soon overturned when Kildemand and Kennett secured a 5-1 in heat nine. With the deficit now 10 points, Peterborough's Kenni Andersen was nominated for double points in heat 10, but he could only manage second place as the spoils were shared 4-4.
Kenneth Bjerre's win in heat 11 did give the Panthers a glimmer of hope, but Hans Andersen stormed away to a fourth straight win in heat 13, with team-mate Batchelor finishing third to put the result beyond doubt.
Elsewhere in the Elite League on Monday, Wolverhampton Wolves claimed a 45-44 win against Poole Pirates, the visitors missing out by the narrowest of margins but still managing to take one point away from the evening.
Freddie Lindgren claimed the two points Wolves needed by finishing second in Heat 15 for a 45-44 win, whilst brother Ludvig secured a shock 5-1 with Ricky Wells over world champion Chris Holder in Heat 12 to put the home side in front.
Wolves boss Peter Adams said: "It's very pleasing to get the win, the boys had to work hard for that.
"It means we add to our points tally and that's all we can ask. We could so easily have lost the meeting when you look at the early stages and how we were struggling."
Belle Vue Aces did not have to share the points, however, as they cruised to a 52-41 home win over Coventry Bees.
Six of the seven Aces scored eight or nine points, with Kevin Wolbert unbeaten from his first four outings, whilst the Bees' scoring was dominated by Krzysztof Kasprzak and Scott Nicholls.
Aces boss Jason Attwood said: "It was a great team performance. We carried on where we left off in the draw at Coventry last Friday and to score 52 points without anyone reaching double figures says a lot for our team effort.
"It was good to see six of the boys winning races and they are really getting the track sorted out."