Bees' title defence had not been a straightforward one, but this was an especially close Elite League season. Coventry started this meeting seventh in the table, yet they were only nine points behind leaders Reading.
More significantly, they were six points off the top four as they looked to move into the play-offs - but third-placed Swindon arrived in terrific form after a run of four successive wins, including away from home at Wolverhampton and Arena-Essex.
Bees had won their last 12 at home in all competitions, most recently demolishing Arena 65-29, but this would prove a far tougher test.
It was a season where lower-order injuries were a major concern. Morten Risager was a long-term absence with a broken leg, and Polish recruit Pawel Hlib was out with concussion, so No.8 Troy Batchelor came in for the Bees - who were also without Martin Smolinski and brought in Christian Henry to guest.
Swindon operated rider-replacement for Sebastian Alden, who was serving a 28-day ban for withholding services, and tracked a strong side with plenty of Brandon expertise.
Bees had won 51-43 thanks to a 5-1 in Heat 15 when the sides met just under a month earlier - this one would be closer still!
BUILDBASE BEES: Scott Nicholls, Billy Janniro, Chris Harris, Olly Allen, Rory Schlein, Christian Henry, Troy Batchelor. SWINDON: Leigh Adams, Sebastian Ulamek r/r, Adrian Miedzinski, Lee Richardson, Sebastian Ulamek, Mads Korneliussen, Renat Gafurov.