Poole Pirates ready for crunch meeting with championship rivals
The Poole Pirates could take a giant step towards retaining their Elite League crown when they face The Swindon Robbins tonight.
The clash between the top two teams in the Elite League could see the Dorset side pull away at the top of the league table.
So far this season, both sides have claimed one victory each, while another meeting was abandoned in May with the scores tied.
Poole are currently two points ahead of Swindon going into their penultimate league game of the league season tonight at Wimborne Road.
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"I cannot express enough to local sports fans how special these times are at present for the club" said Poole boss Matt Ford.
"It is an era that we may never see again."
Poole's top riders have been in fantastic form of late. Leading scorer Chris Holder currently leads the World Championship GP series, while Krzysztof Kasprzak is closing in on a place in the top 30 all-time Pirates points scorers.
Kasprzak said: "All I want to do is to score good points for Poole when I am racing in England.
"I like the club, I like the place. It is like a second home to me. I am happy at Poole and want to win with Poole."
Swindon are a dangerous side, and got the better of the Elite League champions when they last met a month ago.
A win for The Robbins is key if they are to have any chance of toppling The Pirates from the summit of the Elite League. Poole still have their sights on a league and cup double, and could face Swindon in the semi-finals of the knock-out cup if the Robbins find a way past The Peterborough Phantoms.
Poole Team Manager Neil Middleditch said: "A win over Swindon will be a huge confidence boost for us and the way the fixtures have fallen this in itself is almost like a cup final.
"I have said before that our fans are worth their weight in gold and if they can turn out on Monday night and get behind all the team then it will be like having an extra rider in our side.
"It would be great for the team if they can see full terraces all backing the Pirates when they go out on parade. As meetings go this is one not to be missed."