BELLE VUE 40 WOLVES 50

Thursday July 15, 2021
WOLVERHAMPTON climbed to second place in the Premiership table with a brilliant 50-40 win at title favourites Belle Vue on Thursday.

It was the perfect result for the Parrys International Wolves as they collected all four league points courtesy of a stunning showing in the second half of the meeting especially.

And it sets them up perfectly for the first home meeting with restrictions relaxed which comes up on Monday when they host Ipswich.

Sam Masters was unbeaten until Heat 15 at the top of an all-round team effort at the National Speedway Stadium, with skipper Rory Schlein and American youngsters Luke Becker and Broc Nicol also excelling.

Wolves provided the first two race wins through Masters and Nicol, and they would have edged into an early lead but for Tom Brennan retrieving third place when guest Jack Smith punctured on the last bend of Heat 2.

The Aces collected the first 5-1 when Jye Etheridge made a fast start in Heat 4 and Dan Bewley charged inside Schlein going into lap two – but Wolves hit straight back in the next race.

Steve Worrall made the gate for the hosts but Masters and Becker went either side of him off the second bend, and then held off Charles Wright to level the scores.

The visitors edged ahead when Schlein took control of Heat 6 whilst Nicol held third place, keeping back the challenge of Brady Kurtz for a lap, but it was level again shortly after with Ryan Douglas needing to make a forceful move to salvage second over Brennan.

Two shared races followed although Nicol was close to edging out Wright in Heat 9, before the Aces appeared to make a crucial breakthrough when Douglas and Nick Morris got too close off turn four and Kurtz pounced to pass the pair for a 5-1 with key reserve Etheridge.

But the Wolves response was remarkable as they once again found an immediate response from the Masters/Becker combination, riding superbly to get the better of the previously unbeaten Bewley in Heat 11 to make it 33-33.

And this time they backed it up with not one but two more 5-1s, first with Morris passing Steve Worrall in Heat 12 as Nicol controlled proceedings out-front – and then Schlein conjured a stunning start from the outside in Heat 13 to join Masters and leave Bewley and Kurtz trailing.

A fast start from Douglas in Heat 14 secured the win, with Nicol adding insurance with third place – and although a determined Wright won Heat 15, Masters and Becker did enough to ensure all four league points for the delighted visitors.

Boss Peter Adams said: “I thought we were exceptional. We were missing Leon (Flint) of course, but the other six were magnificent to a man.

“We had to fight our way back into the match two or three times as things unfolded, but certainly as things unfolded in the last half-dozen races we were very dominant and fully deserved the victory.

“Rory is pretty banged up after three big crashes at different venues, all when riding for somebody else, which is often a hard pill to swallow – but you can’t stop people earning a living, and we’ve never objected to Wolverhampton riders guesting for anybody.

“But hopefully he can recover properly ahead of Monday, which is a very important match for us.”

PREMIERSHIP
BELLE VUE 40: Charles Wright 10+1, Jye Etheridge 10, Dan Bewley 7+1, Brady Kurtz 6+1, Steve Worrall 3, Richie Worrall 2+2, Tom Brennan 2+1
WOLVERHAMPTON 50: Sam Masters 13+1, Luke Becker 9+2, Rory Schlein 9+1, Broc Nicol 8, Ryan Douglas 7+1, Nick Morris 4+1, Jack Smith 0
Premiership points: Belle Vue 0 Wolverhampton 4

Picture: IAN CHARLES

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