COVENTRY 48 WOLVES 42 (Agg: Wolves 93 Coventry 91)

Thursday September 30, 2010
WOLVERHAMPTON are through to the last four of the Knockout Cup after the most dramatic finish possible to their quarter-final tie at Coventry.

Freddie Lindgren was the Parrys International Wolves' last heat hero as he split Coventry duo Chris Harris and Krzysztof Kasprzak in Heat 15, taking second place on the line by inches to see Wolves through.

Defending an eight point first-leg lead, Wolves contained the home side well with Ty Proctor especially impressive - but Coventry raised the pressure with back-to-back 5-1s in Heats 9 and 10 despite the loss of Edward Kennett with an ankle injury.

With three heats to go the aggregate scores were level but Adam Skornicki and Ludvig Lindgren came up with vital race wins for Wolves in the next two, as they re-built their aggregate lead to four points.

But when Harris and Kasprzak jetted away in Heat 15, it looked certain that the tie would be drawn - which would have forced a replay - only for Freddie Lindgren to round Kasprzak at the start of the last lap, and then repel the Pole's return challenge on the run to the line with ref Dale Entwistle correctly calling the blanket finish in the Wolves man's favour.

Boss Peter Adams said: "It's a magnificent result. We've worked very hard for it and I think we deserve it over two legs.

"I thought Freddie would make the start from gate three, but that's another unbelievable ride we've seen from him at Brandon and it was so important."

Wolves will face Eastbourne in the semi-finals with the home leg set to be contested as part of a double-header at Monmore Green on Monday October 11.

COVENTRY: Krzysztof Kasprzak 9+2, Chris Harris 9, Ben Barker 8+2, Przemyslaw Pawlicki 8, Lewis Bridger 7+1, Richard Sweetman 7, Edward Kennett 0.

WOLVERHAMPTON: Fredrik Lindgren 10, Ty Proctor 9+1, Ludvig Lindgren 8+2, Adam Skornicki 7, Tai Woffinden 6, Nicolai Klindt 2+2, Paul Clews 0.

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