BRUMMIES 43 SWINDON 47

Wednesday April 10, 2013
POLISH youngster Kacper Gomolski may not see the season out in Swindon colours – but after his match-winning display at Perry Barr, the Robins will surely hope they can resolve the issue of possible fixture clashes in his home country.

Gomolski crashed in his first outing of this clash of two in-form sides, but he then collected paid-ten from his next four rides including crucial contributions in Heats 12 and 14 as a tense match boiled up to its’ finale.

The reigning champions went into the last race narrowly ahead, and with track specialist Peter Kildemand an automatic nomination, it always looked likely that they would have enough to edge the victory.

The result ended Birmingham’s unbeaten start to the season, although they could hardly have made a more positive start than to go 9-3 up with Robins skipper Hans Andersen being relegated to the back of Heat 1.

But Gomolski served notice with a fine effort in Heat 4, and the Edward Kennett/Kildemand combination was in full effect as 5-1s in both Heats 3 and 7 enabled the Robins to turn around their early deficit.

Neither side could shake the other off, as proved when Jason Doyle and Martin Smolinski surged inside Gomolski off turn two in Heat 8 for a 5-1, but the Pole clearly learnt from that for later in the meeting.

A third win of the night for Doyle, along with Chris Harris clamping Kennett off for third place in Heat 10, meant the Brummies edged in front at the interval, but the final five races saw Swindon much sharper from the starts.

Ben Barker rode a fine race in Heat 11 to pass Nick Morris for second place and then slow the race down to allow Smolinski by too, but if that was the warning it went unheeded as Kildemand and Gomolski raced clear of Danny King in the next.

Harris pulled out a start from gate one in Heat 13 but Barker’s challenge to the Robins faded, whilst a frantic Heat 14 saw the Brummies just keep themselves in the hunt with both Smolinski and Josh Auty passing Kennett, who was almost wiped-out by the German at the end of the first lap.

Brummies needed a 4-2 in the last race to draw, but Kildemand shot clear from gate three and although Harris bravely moved around Troy Batchelor for second place, it wasn’t enough to prevent the his side from suffering a home defeat.

BIRMINGHAM 43
C.Harris 1 2 1 3 2 - - 9
J.Doyle 3 1* 3 3 0 - - 10+1
D.King 0 2 1* 1 - - - 4+1
J.Auty 1 1* 2 1* - - - 5+2
B.Barker 2 0 2 0 - - - 4
M.Smolinski 3 1 2* 1* 2 - - 9+2
N.Covatti 2* 0 0 - - - - 2+1
Team manager: Phil Morris

SWINDON 47
H.Andersen 0 3 3 1* - - - 7+1
N.Morris 2 0 F 0 - - - 2
P.Kildemand 3 2* 2 3 3 - - 13+1
E.Kennett 2* 3 0 0 - - - 5+1
T.Batchelor 1 3 3 2 1 - - 10
A.Birks 1 0 0 - - - - 1
K.Gomolski X 3 1 2* 3 - - 9+1
Team manager: Alun Rossiter
Referee: Chris Durno

1 Doyle, Morris, Harris, Andersen, 58.47 (4-2)
2 (awarded) Smolinski, Covatti, Birks, Gomolski (f.exc), no time (9-3)
3 Kildemand, Kennett, Auty, King, 59.44 (10-8)
4 Gomolski, Barker, Batchelor, Covatti, 59.41 (12-12)
5 Andersen, King, Auty, Morris, 59.47 (15-15)
6 (re-run) Batchelor, Harris, Doyle, Birks, 59.03 (18-18)
7 Kennett, Kildemand, Smolinski, Barker, 59.75 (19-23)
8 Doyle, Smolinski, Gomolski, Morris (f), 59.90 (24-24)
9 Batchelor, Auty, King, Birks, 59.47 (27-27)
10 Doyle, Kildemand, Harris, Kennett, 59.84 (31-29)
11 Andersen, Barker, Smolinski, Morris, 59.03 (34-32)
12 Kildemand, Gomolski, King, Covatti, 59.78 (35-37)
13 Harris, Batchelor, Andersen, Barker, 59.94 (38-40)
14 Gomolski, Smolinski, Auty, Kennett, 60.56 (41-43)
15 Kildemand, Harris, Batchelor, Doyle, 59.56 (43-47)

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