Monday May 23, 2011
WOLVERHAMPTON gave their season a timely boost with an impressive 55-38 win over Poole to win the Elite Shield 98-90 on aggregate.

And once again the Parrys International Wolves had a brilliant spearhead in Swedish duo Freddie Lindgren (17+1) and Peter Karlsson (15+2).

Brilliant Aussie Chris Holder missed the meeting through illness for Poole but the home side were again without the injured Tai Woffinden although the youngster has confirmed he will return to the saddle next week.

He said: "Being here watching the boys makes me realise how tough it is watching when you know you should really be out there racing.

"But the extra week off will do me good and I'll be back next Monday.

"It was great to see the guys beat a great team like Poole and win a trophy, I hope we can build on this."

There was an important contribution from reserve Ricky Wells who claimed three wins, and a paid eleven return from Ty Proctor. The Pirates lacked meaningful support for Darcy Ward, whose paid sixteen included a six point tactical ride. A Poole rider only took the chequered flag three times, Ward twice, and Watt the other.

Pirates boss Neil Middleditch delayed using the tactical ride until heat 12, and reaped maximum reward, as Gafurov just held off Ludvig Lindgren for an 8-1.

A Pirates 5-1 in heat 15 would have levelled the scores on aggregate, but Wolves’ super Swedes were having none of it.

WOLVERHAMPTON 55: Freddie Lindgren 17+1, Peter Karlsson 15+2, Ricky Wells 9, Ty Proctor 8+3, Ludvig Lindgren 5+1, Joe Haines 1, Tai Woffinden R/R.

POOLE 38: Darcy Ward 15+1, Davey Watt 7, Renat Gafurov 6+2, Jason Doyle 6+2, Dennis Andersson 4+1, Kyle Newman 0, Chris Holder R/R.

Wolverhampton won 98-90 on aggregate.

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