Miskowiak in top form as Witches crushed

Elite League BSwindon Robins 55 Ipswich Witches 37IPSWICH Witches were again easily swept aside as they were crushed at Blunsdon last night as Swindon extended their lead at the top of the Sky Sports Elite League to five points.

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Swindon Robins 55 Ipswich Witches 37

IPSWICH Witches were again easily swept aside as they were crushed at Blunsdon last night as Swindon extended their lead at the top of the Sky Sports Elite League to five points.

But Ipswich have the consolation that this was much better than their 64-28 thrashing on June 4 at the same venue.

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This was largely due to the tremendous form of Robert Miskowiak, so often a big disappointment on previous visits.

The Pole who has recently returned to the Witches side was in tremendous form, battling hard for his 16 points which were almost half the Ipswich total.

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His only real support came from Dawid Stachyra, who enjoyed one of his best away matches since coming to Britain.

Ipswich arrived in Wiltshire without Piotr Swiderski, ruled out of his final match for the club due to ankle injuries sustained the previous evening in a Polish League meeting.

They were also without new signings Scott Nicholls and Troy Batchelor, who join the team from next Monday's match at Peterborough.

Robins operated the rider replacement rule to cover for Croatian Jurica Pavlic (suspended for withholding services) while Australian rookie Justin Sedgemen made his Elite League debut after Paul Hurry pulled out with back problems.

Wolverhampton youngster Tai Woffinden was a guest replacement for Jarek Hampel in the Ipswich team, while the rider replacement rule covered the absence of Swiderski.

Woffinden and Tobias Kroner took the minor placings in the opening race ahead of Sedgemen, but the young Aussie held the disappointing Carl Wilkinson in last place in Heat 2.

Robert Miskowiak won Heat 3 in style and rounded off a great evening by emerging a surprise winner of Heat 15.

Stachyra was the only other Witch to take the chequered flag first, doing so in Heat 14.

Miskowiak featured in most of the better races on the night.

Being chased hard by Matej Zagar in Heat 4 he dived inside Cory Gathercole to take the lead - the Swindon rider fell and he was excluded by referee David Robinson, much to the displeasure of the local crowd.

The Pole again stormed through to pass Travis McGowan in Heat 10 and on this form looks a good signing.

Although Ipswich were well beaten on the night by a Swindon team gaining their eighth straight victory to strengthen their position at the top of the table, the inclusion of Nicholls and Batchelor should prove enough of a boost to keep the visiting team away from the foot of the table.

Swindon: Leigh Adams 11+1, Jurica Pavlic (r/r), Simon Stead 13+1, Travis McGowan 9+2, Matej Zagar 13+1, Justin Sedgmen 1, Cory Gathercole 8+1.

Ipswich: Tai Woffinden 5+1, Tobias Kroner 4+1, Robert Miskowiak 16, Daniel King 3+1, Piotr Swiderski (r/r), Dawid Stachyra 9+2, Carl Wilkinson 0.

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