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Pirates: Semi-final winners to win title claims Middlo
Pirates’ place in the end-of-season shootout was confirmed after the Robins swept aside Lakeside 54-38 on Monday, a result which hamstrung the Hammers’ chances of a top-four finish.
Meanwhile, Birmingham ensured top spot with a 47-43 win over King’s Lynn – a result that killed off the Stars’ own slim title hopes – Brummies chose to face local rivals Wolverhampton in the semi-final.
Having been paired with Poole, second-placed Swindon elected to host the first leg at Blunsdon next Monday (September 23) with the decisive second match at Wimborne Road a week later.
And Middleditch, who was not surprised by the outcome, claimed his side would have to be at their best to trump the reigning champions.
“It is going to be a tough job either way,” he said. “Swindon have been near the top all season and we have scrapped our way into the play-offs. We always said we would never give up and now we have been rewarded.
“Swindon have beaten us a couple of times this season and you would have to fancy them. We feel fortunate to have got there and if we could reach the final after the season we’ve had it would be a massive bonus.”
The Pirates chief continued: “We will certainly need all seven of our riders to perform.
“We can’t afford any passengers but we know we have got the riders to win (the title) and the same applies to Swindon.
“Birmingham didn’t look at their most powerful the other night and Wolverhampton have had their injury problems so you would have to fancy whoever makes it out of our semi-final.”
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