Swindon do double over Lakeside; Coventry held at home
Elite League champions Swindon Robins continued their excellent start to the new season with victory at Lakeside.
Last Updated: 06/04/13 1:29pm
The Robins, who captured the season opening Elite Shield last week, have now opened with a double headed win over Lakeside.
They hammered the Essex outfit on Thursday before making the return trip to Purfleet on Friday where they secured three away points with a 47-43 success.
Swindon's top-four was again in fine fettle with Peter Kildemand leading them home with paid 14, whilst Hans Andersen (10+1), Ed Kennett (10) and Troy Batchelor (9) all scored well.
On a hugely disappointing night for Lakeside, they were limited to just five heats wins - with veteran Peter Karlsson (11+1) the only rider in Hammers colours to hit double figures.
"There is a long way to go, it's still very early in the season, but we have made a good start. I don't think Rosco [Alun Rossiter] or myself could have wished for anything more," Swindon co-owner Gary Patchett.
"Lakeside is a tough place to go, they're very good on their own track, so we are very pleased. Now we need to keep it going against Peterborough on Monday when I hope the fans will turn out in force to reflect the great work the riders are doing."
Belle Vue Aces bounced back from their mauling at Wolves by claiming a 45-45 draw at Coventry Bees.
The Aces had new number one Matej Zagar in fine form with 13+1 which included a win in Heat 15, where he led Kevin Wolbert home for a 5-1 and that was enough to claim a share of the spoils.
Wolbert was in fine form for paid 13, whilst Artur Mroczka (7+1) and skipper Ales Dryml (8) both came home with good returns to give the Aces two league points.
For Coventry, it was yet more disappointment for them as their poor start to the new season continued.
Krzysztof Kasprzak has a woeful evening at number one with paid 5, whilst Scott Nicholls hit just 7+1 - indeed had it not been for reserves Ludvig Lindgren and Michal Szczepaniak contributing 18-points between them then it would no doubt have been a home loss.
Belle Vue boss Chris Morton, felt his side should have won, saying: "It was a great meeting which we should have won. The lads showed a lot of guts and determination to get the draw with a very spirited effort in the second half of the meeting.
"Matej Zagar was outstanding and rode some very smart races to get the lead. Kevin Wolbert was fantastic while Ales Dryml did well after sorting out bike problems.
"It was a fine team performance and we'll take the draw."
Peterborough Panthers claimed their opening win of the season with a comfortable 54-39 win over Eastbourne Eagles at the East of England Showground.
After hitting a 5-1 in Heat 5, the Panthers never looked back as they eased through the meeting and never looked like getting anything other than maximum points.
Skipper Kenneth Bjerre showed a welcome return to form with paid 14, as the Panthers turned in a very good team display with all seven riders contributing.
Bjarne Pedersen (12) and Cameron Woodward (11) aside, the Eagles offered little.
Panthers boss Jan Staechmann said: "It was good to get our first victory on the board and I'm really pleased with how all the riders performed.
"It was great to see Kenneth back in the points and leading the team from the front, but what was really encouraging was it was a true team performance.
"Everyone made useful contributions and they were all paid for at least one race win each."