SOMERSET 59 WOLVES 31

Wednesday August 29, 2018
BOSS Peter Adams admitted Wolverhampton had been trumped in "every single department" throughout a 59-31 defeat at Somerset.

The Parrys International Wolves, without injured number one Rory Schlein, were on the back foot from the off as world champion Jason Doyle snared a five-ride full maximum and fellow big hitter Jack Holder remained unbeaten by an opponent.

Sam Masters and Jacob Thorssell showed fighting spirit after shaky starts but the sheer pace of the Rebels around the outside frequently thwarted Wolverhampton's best efforts.

"They were better in every single department of the team," acknowledged Adams.

"Their lads were so fast out of the start and on the track, we were just not capable of keeping up with them on the night.

"It is very difficult running rider replacement for your number one, you can carry that at home but it is even harder on the road and that was exposed by a much better team.

"It is easy to see why Somerset are favourites for the title for most people."

It leaves Wolves needing a minimum of four points from Monday's home clash versus King's Lynn and next Wednesday's trip to Poole (both 7.30) to stand any chance of making the play-offs with a pair of handsome victories likely to be required.

Adams added: "The position is much the same as it was when we came here. We need a big win at Poole and to hope that other teams drop points.

"The door isn't shut yet but I am more interested in Monday because King's Lynn is a huge match that we need to win."

HEAT-BY-HEAT REVIEW

Doyle stormed to the front from gate four with Kyle Howarth filing in behind to split the Rebels despite stern pressure from Aaron Summers in the opener.

Ashley Morris flew out the traps in the reserve race and held off Todd Kurtz to lead a shared second and the third was also a 3-3 from the gate with team riding from Masters and Jonas B Andersen pinning Nico Covatti at the back.

Wolves were six down after four when Holder blasted from back to front to lead home Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen with Thorssell running a second straight last.

It got no better as home guest Adam Ellis fought back from being pinned in third by Howarth to lead Covatti in another maximum and then Doyle reined in Thorssell to make the gap 12 points after six.

Andersen compounded Wolverhampton's fortunes by almost side swiping Masters to allow through Kurtz who followed home Holder in the seventh.

Howarth battled from third to first but got passed by Busk Jakobsen as Somerset extended their lead again in the eighth.

The tenacious Howarth was sent out as a tactical substitute in heat nine but it was Thorssell who led from tapes to flag while his colleague got swallowed up at the back.

Doyle was at it again to reel in Masters on lap two of the 10th to maintain his unbeaten record followed by Holder and Busk Jakobsen passing Masters and Morris respectively in another brace of Rebels heat advantages.

The home number one made no mistake from the gate in heat 13 with Holder proving too hot for Howarth to handle, snatching second on turn four of lap three with a clever chop up the inside.

Wolves grabbed their solitary heat advantage when Ellis seemed to have a problem out of the gate and finished last, although Kurtz pushed winner Masters every step of the way at the front.

Thorssell stormed past Doyle around turn two of the second lap but could not hold out in a big battle for the final three points of the night.

SOMERSET 59: Jason Doyle 15, Jack Holder 11+1, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 9+2, Adam Ellis 7+1, Todd Kurtz 7+1, Nico Covatti 6+1, Aaron Summers 4.

WOLVERHAMPTON 31: Sam Masters 9+1, Jacob Thorssell 7, Kyle Howarth 6, Ashley Morris 6, Jonas B Andersen 2, James Sarjeant 1, Rory Schlein r/r.

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