Elite League play-offs: Swindon have momentum - Alun Rossiter

Alun Rossiter
Alun Rossiter led Swindon to the Elite League title in 2012
Elite League play-off semi-final first leg
Venue: Brandon Date: Monday, 29 September Start time: 19:30 BST
Coverage:BBC Wiltshire and BBC Sport website

Swindon Robins will be buoyed by their form going into the Elite League play-offs, says team manager Alun Rossiter.

The Blunsdon side won four of their final five meetings of the regular season to claim the final play-off spot in the standings.

They now face third-place Coventry Bees in the semi-final, with the first leg on Monday at Brandon.

"The last month has been a real joy to be with the boys - they've been on fire," Rossiter told BBC Wiltshire.

"In years gone by we've started off like trains and fizzled out when it's got closer to the final. We hit our peak at the wrong time.

"But it seems to be working the other way at the moment. I was always quietly confident we'd make the play-offs and I'm pleased we've fulfilled that."

The Elite League table: How they finished
1Poole Pirates3270
2King's Lynn3270
3Coventry Bees3264
4Swindon Robins3255

Great Britain manager Rossiter spent six years with the Robins before leaving to join Coventry in 2009, and helped the Bees win the championship in his first term in charge.

He returned to his hometown club in November 2011 and six months later he led them to the league title - their first in 45 years.

"The emotions are always high," Rossiter said of the play-offs. "To win the first one in 2010 was pretty spectacular as you'll never forget your first one.

"But to bury the ghost of 1967 for the Swindon fans - that was pretty special and my emotions showed that night. The 2012 team was absolutely outstanding.

"I think out of 11 seasons of being a team manager, I've made eight out of the 11 play-offs. That's a nice feather to have in your cap."

Swindon host the second leg of the play-off semi-final on Monday, 3 October.

The winner will meet either Poole or King's Lynn in the final. The Pirates, who topped the Elite League table, chose to face the Stars in their last-four tie.