WOLVES SLIP TO LAST GASP DEFEAT

Thursday August 08, 2019
WOLVERHAMPTON suffered last heat heartbreak in a 46-44 defeat at Swindon.

Parrys International Wolves led from the second heat onwards with the home side snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the all important last heat decider to lead for the first time in the meeting.

Recent recruit Ryan Douglas impressed for Peter Adams’ side scoring 9+1 but admitted he was ‘gutted’ that Wolves weren’t able to hold on for their second away win of the season.

Douglas said: “It was very disappointing in the end after having such a good meeting to only come away with a point.

“We probably would’ve taken that at the start of the night but to lead all night until the very last race is gutting.

“But we’ve definitely improved these last few meetings so if we can keep doing what we’re doing then I’m sure we can make enough points to get in the play-offs.”

It was a tense start to the night at the Abbey with two re-runs of the opening heat after Adam Ellis and Jacob Thorsell jumped the start in the first two stagings.

Thorsell got the away side off to a steady start with an impressive opening heat win against 2017 World Champion Jason Doyle.

It was Wolves who struck first with a second heat maximum courtesy of Ryan Douglas and Kyle Howarth.

Former Robin Nick Morris then cruised to victory in heat three with Rasmus Jensen splitting the Wolves duo after Morris and Schlein had gated on a 5-1.

A fourth race win and third heat advantage in a row followed with Sam Masters getting the better of the hard-charging Troy Batchelor.

Swindon then hit back with a 5-1 of their own in heat five to halve the deficit to just four points.

Masters then took the chequered flag for back to back race wins with Howarth finding his way past Ellis for another heat advantage.

American sensation Luke Becker then produced a fine inside cutback to pass Claus Vissing for a Wolves 4-2.

Alun Rossiter’s side then hit back again with Ellis holding off Morris to partner Doyle for a 5-1 maximum.

A fifth 4-2 advantage in heat 11 followed with Thorsell and Douglas getting the better of Batchelor and Perks respectively.

Tactical Substitute Doyle and Musielak then picked up the home sides third maximum of the night to set up a nervy finish with the sides separated by just two points.

Back to back shared heats meant that the Monmore men headed into the final heat with a narrow lead after Masters got the better of Batchelor in a closely fought battle.

Musielak, who started his British career with the Wolves, produced the match winning moment passing Masters to seal the victory that propels them above Wolves and into the play-off places.

Wolves return home on Monday with another must win home fixture against Peterborough - including a personal appearance from triple World Champion Tai Woffinden.

SWINDON 46: Jason Doyle 15+1, Tobiasz Musielak 9+3, Rasmus Jensen 8, Troy Batchelor 7, Adam Ellis 4+1, Ellis Perks 2, Claus Vissing 1.
WOLVES 44: Sam Masters 11, Ryan Douglas 9+1, Jacob Thorsell 8+1, Nick Morris 7+1, Kyle Howarth 5+2, Rory Schlein 3, Luke Becker 1.


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