TOP SPOT TARGET BOOST FOR WOLVES

Thursday August 19, 2021
WOLVERHAMPTON made it nine straight wins with a brilliant 54-36 win at Ipswich to bolster their hopes of finishing top ahead of the Premiership play-offs.

It was an impressive all-round display from Parrys International Wolves with points in every department – including brilliant youngster Leon Flint - to outclass the Foxhall outfit.

Boss Peter Adams was understandably delighted post-match and has vowed to do everything to finish in pole position.

“We’re trying very hard to finish top,” he said. “And this is a good result for us, obviously.

“We came here looking for the win and it went very well, we expected a very tough match here, but we made a good start and it went well from there.”

They made a dream start when Sam Masters and Broc Nicol notched a 5-1 over Anders Rowe and Jason Crump who had been warned for moving at the start in the first attempt to stage the race.

Ipswich kept it close until Heat 7 when Luke Becker and Nick Morris combined for a key 5-1 over home skipper Danny King, who chased Morris hard to no avail, and reserve Paul Starke and Parrys International Wolves went 25-17 up.

And when youngster Leon Flint and Nicol combined in the next over Rowe and Drew Kemp they went 12-points up.

And when the rerun of Heat 10 saw another 5-1 for the Monmore men it was all over as a contest with five races to go. Morris moved at the start and was warned but then won the restart with Becker alongside him to make the score 39-21 to the visitors.

Ipswich stopped the rot when skipper King went wide to allow Starke through for a 5-1 in the next but Wolverhampton still had the comfort of a 40-26 lead.

To be fair the home side refused to throw the towel in and King was introduced as a tactical sub for Kemp in Heat 12 and Starke replaced Jake Allen and they beat Morris and Ryan Douglas to close the gap to 10.

Victory was secured in the next when skipper Rory Schlein partnered Masters from the gate ahead of King and Crump for a match-winning 5-1.

And they finished the job in fine style with Flint and Becker in Heat 14 before King claimed a consolation win over Schlen and Becker in the last.

Now Peter Adams takes his side to Peterborough on Monday for what could prove to be a rehearsal for the play-offs.

IPSWICH 36: Danny King 14, Craig Cook 7, Paul Starke 5+2, Jason Crump 3, Anders Rowe 3, Drew Kemp 3, Jake Allen 1

WOLVERHAMPTON 54: Rory Schlein 11+1, Leon Flint 10, Sam Masters 9+1, Luke Becker 8+3, Nick Morris 8+1, Broc Nicol 5+2, Ryan Douglas 3+2,
Premiership points: Ipswich 0 Wolverhampton 4

Picture: JEFF HIGGOTT

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