Coventry Bees will be looking to avoid a third straight home defeat when play-off chasing Swindon visit Brandon on Bank Holiday Monday (August 30, 7.45pm).

The Buildbase Bees, beaten recently on their own track by both Belle Vue and Eastbourne, have five home matches remaining and must realistically win them all to have any chance of moving out of the Elite League's basement position.

Some success away from home may also be required, with Bees travelling - weather permitting - to Belle Vue on Wednesday (August 25) and Swindon on Thursday (August 26) this week, the latter trip for a double-header which includes both A and B fixtures. Coventry's nearest rivals in the Elite League table are Peterborough, who do not return to home track action until September 3 when they face free-falling Arena-Essex.

Monday night's fixture will give the Brandon fans their first chance to see the highly-rated German youngster Martin Smolinksi. The 19-year-old was set to make his debut at Belle Vue on Wednesday after his scheduled first appearance at Wolverhampton on Monday was called off.
If Smolinksi impresses during his stint with the club, Bees could look at the possibility of including him on a full-time basis next season.

Testimonial man Stuart Robson has emphasised the team are desperate to break their away duck sooner rather than later - Bees are without an away win since winning at Peterborough in September last year.

Robson said: "It would be nice to get at least one away win this season after we've had the best away record in the League in the last five years or so, and we need the points to get off the bottom of the table."



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