GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

Tuesday October 03, 2017
WOLVERHAMPTON are aiming to seal back-to-back league Championships when they host Swindon on a huge night of speedway at Monmore Green on Wednesday (7.30).

While many fancied their opponents to gain an advantage from Monday’s first leg, it was the Parrys International Wolves who produced a brilliant full team performance to win 47-43 in Wiltshire.

Now it’s the men from the Midlands who suddenly find themselves being dubbed as favourites to be the first side to lift the new SGB Premiership trophy, despite still being without inspirational duo Freddie Lindgren and Jacob Thorssell through injury.

But stand-in skipper Rory Schlein insists there is a lot of hard work still to be done and has called on the Monmore faithful to turn out in huge numbers to spur them on.

“To go and win at Swindon at any point in the season is a great achievement,” Schlein said.

“But to go and do it in a Grand Final when we were missing our top two boys was an unbelievable effort.

“We couldn’t ask for much more really and while we’re over the moon with a four point lead going into Wednesday, that’s just one race advantage in terms of difference so it’s still all to play for.

“We went there and upset the odds on Monday and they’ll be in the mind-set that they can come to our place and do the same to us.

“15 races is a long time in Speedway and anything can happen so this is far, far from over.

“So we’ll be keeping our wits about us but our plan is to do what we did on Monday; hit them hard from the off and keep turning that screw.

“We’re hoping for a massive crowd on Wednesday and that could make a huge difference to us.

“The Wolves fans are very, very loud and vocal and in the last few meetings in particular, they really have raised the volume around Monmore and we can hear it and feel it as riders back in the pits and on track as well.

“Again it will be a shame to be without Freddie and Jacob, but we’ve got Chris (Harris) in at No.1 guesting again and the fans really can be our seventh man in the Grand Final.”

Admission prices for Wednesday’s Grand Final decider have been set at £20 adults, £15 concessions, £8 Juniors (13-18), £1 children (6-12) while kids five and under get in for free; season tickets are also valid.

A special programme has also been produced for the occasion and will be available at the track for £3.

With a bumper crowd expected, supporters are urged to arrive slightly earlier than they normally would and an increased serviced spectator area will be available on the fourth bend.

WOLVERHAMPTON: Chris Harris, Kyle Howarth, Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorssell R/R, Sam Masters, Mark Riss, Nathan Greaves.

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, David Bellego, Nick Morris, Bradley Wilson-Dean, Liam Carr.

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