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Bees target Elite League play-off place

Coventry Editorial 9th May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BEES will be looking to break into the Elite League’s play-off places when they go in search of a win over Swindon at Brandon on Friday (7.30pm).

Bees are targeting all three points from their clash with the Robins, who won the title in 2012 and reached the play-offs last year but surprisingly find themselves second from bottom at this early stage of the campaign.

However, Alun Rossiter’s side clearly have the potential to climb the table and with a powerful top two of Peter Kildemand and Troy Batchelor, backed up by Nick Morris, Bees will certainly have to be on their guard.

There is one change from the team which overcame leaders Lakeside on Bank Holiday Monday with Kyle Howarth – who was earlier named as captain of Great Britain’s Under-21s – required by Workington in a Premier League KO Cup tie at Somerset.

That means a return to Bees colours for popular Australian Aaron Summers, who rode for the club in the last two seasons during which time he recorded plenty of high scores around Brandon.

Swindon are at full-strength and include Storm regular Dan Greenwood, who gained a reserve place with the Robins following the unfortunate first-night accident suffered by Darryl Ritchings when the Bees rode at Blunsdon.

Promoter Mick Horton said: “We have home matches in hand on several clubs and hopefully we’ll be able to use them to break into the top four.

“I’d like to think it will be a good time to race against Swindon, but we do respect the riders in their team. We are aiming for another three points, and if we can get them then that should push us up even further and put us in a good position.

“We have the best away record so far, and we’re getting better – and that’s because the team spirit is just fantastic.”

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