Elite League: Swindon Robins beat Belle Vue Aces and the weather to claim victory
Swindon Robins managed to avoid the rain for long enough to secure a 42-33 victory over Belle Vue Aces at Abbey Stadium.
Last Updated: 26/05/14 11:19pm
The hosts claimed all three Elite League points on offer once the meeting was abandoned after 12 heats, much to the frustration of an Aces team that felt they still had a chance of picking up something for their efforts.
The heavens had opened almost immediately racing began and, although the track was good, the decision was taken to call a halt to proceedings.
Visiting team manager Jason Attwood was disappointed Belle Vue didn't get the chance to finish out the final three races, particularly with a point still a possibility.
"The conditions have been worse during the meeting," he told Sky Sports. "There have been a few strange decisions made tonight. They've not gone our way.
"The track is in reasonable condition. With three heats to go there are still points there on the table. There have been some positives from tonight, we've just got to keep looking to the future."
Simon Gustafsson and Nick Morris both recorded 8+1 efforts in what was an impressive all-round display from the Robins, will all their riders contributing.
Nathan Greaves recorded his first ever heat win in the competition at the tender age of 16 as Swindon - who have been beset by weather issues with home fixtures so far this year - never trailed after taking the opening race 4-2.
Unlike their opponents, Belle Vue struggled for points outside the pairing of Matej Zagar and Scott Nicholls, who combined for a total of 17.
Former Swindon rider Zagar managed a six-point result on a tactical ride in the sixth heat but the Aces trump card could not prevent his current employers from continuing their miserable record on the road.
While Swindon somehow avoided the bad Bank Holiday weather things were not so good in Leicester and Coventry, as their respective clashes with Poole and Birmingham had to be postponed.