SOMERSET 45 WOLVES 44

Wednesday August 09, 2017
WOLVERHAMPTON suffered an agonising 45-44 defeat after a heat 15 decider against Somerset at the Oaktree Arena.

The Parrys International Wolves put in a battling performance but fell just short in a thrilling last race after a tense encounter.

Star skipper Freddie Lindgren took the chequered flag, capping off a stunning individual display as he bagged 14 points.

But partner Jacob Thorssell eventually finished third after a scintillating battle with Josh Grajczonek and Charles Wright as they missed out on the 5-1 they needed to snatch victory.

Lindgren and Thorssell starred throughout, whilst Kyle Howarth continued his fine form and combined with Lindgren to give them a two-point advantage in heat 11.

Yet the very next race proved to be a turning point as Ellis Perks was excluded for a fall whilst Rory Schlein led before Schlein was adjudged to have brought down Charles Wright in the rerun.

It gifted the Rebels a 5-0 at a crucial moment as tensions ran high – and Schlein admitted they were frustrated to eventually fall just short in a bruising meeting.

Said Schlein: “We were going down the backstraight in heat 12 and Charles left a big gap, but it closed pretty quickly and the referee saw it as my fault.

“I felt it was a 50/50 call, but sometimes they don’t go your way and we’re just not having much luck at the minute.

“We’ve come here before and got a good result, so we wanted to do the same again and it’s a pity we just came up short.

“Everyone got stuck in, but sometimes you’ve just got to take it on the chin and accept it wasn’t quite your night.”

Schlein suffered a frustrating evening, earning little to show for his determined efforts besides a classy win in heat seven after racing to the dirt from the inside gate.

Nathan Greaves also battled to a solid score at reserve, but Ellis Perks experienced a night to forget whilst rider replacement struggled to cover for injured heat-leader Sam Masters.

Wolves will be back in action as they host King’s Lynn at Monmore Green on Monday (7.30).

SOMERSET 45: Josh Grajczonek 8+1, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Richard Lawson 7, Patrick Hougaard 7, Cameron Heeps 6+2, Charles Wright 6, Jake Allen 4+2.
WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Freddie Lindgren 14, Jacob Thorssell 12, Kyle Howarth 10+2, Rory Schlein 5, Nathan Greaves 3+1, Ellis Perks 0, Sam Masters R/R.

Picture: TONY HARTMAN


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