SWINDON 51 WOLVES 39

Thursday May 17, 2018
WOLVERHAMPTON team boss Peter Adams remained encouraged by his side despite a 51-39 defeat in their top-of-the-table clash at Swindon on Thursday.

It was the first time this season that the Parrys International Wolves have failed to walk away from a Premiership fixture without at least a consolation point to show for their efforts.

The Monmore men got off to a sluggish start against the reigning Champions though and found themselves six points down with three races gone.

That gap remained until Heat Eight when Ashley Morris and Kyle Howarth scored a 4-2 to reduce the deficit to just four points.

But the hosts fought back with three heat advantages in the next four and sealed the victory in Heat 13 while Wolves were unable to secure the 5-1 needed in the final race of the night to snatch a league point.

While Adams admits the result puts a bit more pressure on next week’s away trips to Leicester and Poole, he was refusing to panic despite a third straight loss on the road.

Said Adams: “I’m quite encouraged to be honest because I thought we were a lot more competitive than we were at Belle Vue last week.

“We stayed in the match right up until the end and Swindon are a good team around their place so I’m reasonably happy with our performance.

“Having said that, two heat advantages in 15 races is never going to be enough to win a match but we could’ve got something out of the last race and we just move onto the next.”

Captain Rory Schlein and No.1 Jacob Thorssell chipped in with two wins apiece for the Wolves while Sam Masters was the side’s first race winner of the night in Heat Six.

Ashley Morris recovered from a spill in his first ride to bag five points while reserve team mate Nathan Greaves found himself in scoring positions throughout the night before being passed by the opposition.

Kyle Howarth endured a tough night against his former club as did Cameron Heeps who failed to build on a much improved performance at home to Somerset on Monday.

The Parrys International Wolves face the short trip to Midland rivals Leicester this coming Monday (May 21, 7.30.)

SWINDON 51: Troy Batchelor 12, Nick Morris 10+1, Zach Wajtknecht 9+3, Tobiasz Musielak 9, David Bellego 7, Adam Ellis 3+1, Jack Smith 1.
WOLVERHAMPTON 39: Rory Schlein 13, Jacob Thorssell 9+1, Sam Masters 7, Ashley Morris 5+1, Kyle Howarth 3, Nathan Greaves 2, Cameron Heeps 0.


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