WOLVES 44 LAKESIDE 46

Monday July 21, 2014
PARRYS International Wolves' difficult run continued as they slipped to a 46-44 defeat against Lakeside at Monmore Green.

With skipper Tai Woffinden and Ty Proctor missing, depleted Wolverhampton suffered a hugely frustrating loss in a tense affair to deal their play-off hopes another huge blow.

It was a tough night for Peter Adams' side as a string of mistakes and misfortune proved costly against a strong Lakeside side.

Promoter Chris Van Straaten admitted it was simply not their night - and he confirmed they are looking to make changes over the World Cup break.

Said Van Straaten: "It just doesn't seem to be our year, and the luck just wasn't with us tonight.

"On paper we should have beaten Lakeside, but there was a lot of misfortune down in the pits and every time we tried to get in front there seemed to be a mishap.

"That's just the way it goes sometimes, and it just doesn't appear to be our year. It's such a fine line between success and failure, and tonight we just didn't seem to have Lady Luck on our side.

"We have been looking at what we can do with the team, the problem is until we see the new August figures we are still over the limit at the moment.

"If we were to do anything, two riders would have to come out. We have looked closely at the situation and once we have the new averages we'll decide what the best course of action is to take."

Californian ace Ricky Wells top scored for the hosts with a determined display featuring three impressive race wins as he earned a well-deserved heat 15 appearance.

Polish hotshot Piotr Pawlicki also put in an excellent showing yet suffered a costly engine failure in his third ride.

Jacob Thorssell was involved in some exciting racing from the No.3 spot whilst reserve Joe Jacobs also performed well, winning both reserves races on his way to seven points.

Talented Aussie Max Fricke improved as the meeting progressed with a solid showing as he guested for Proctor.

However, Tom Perry earned little reward for his determined efforts at reserve whilst Chris Harris experienced a nightmare night as he stepped in for Woffinden at No.1.

He fell in his opening two rides and could manage only two points as Wolves slipped to a narrow loss in a nervy clash.

WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Ricky Wells 12, Piotr Pawlicki 10, Joe Jacobs 7, Jacob Thorssell 6+2, Max Fricke 5+1, Tom Perry 2, Chris Harris 2.

LAKESIDE 46: Davey Watt 12, Adam Ellis 9+1, Mikkel Bech 7+2, Richard Lawson 7+1, Kim Nilsson 6+3, Ben Barker 5, Ben Morley 0.

Elite League points: Wolverhampton 0 Lakeside 3

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