Wednesday March 21, 2012
WOLVERHAMPTON missed out in their bid to win the Elite Shield for a third successive season after a 58-34 defeat at Poole on Wednesday.

Wolves went into the Wimborne Road clash already trailing from Monday’s first leg, but made an initial fight of it only to eventually be hit by a strong Pirates finish.

Skipper Freddie Lindgren topped the Wolves scoring with 12 - and there were some encouraging race wins for Tai Woffinden, Ty Proctor and Ricky Wells - but Poole had big riders in Chris Holder (13+1) and Darcy Ward (12+1), although neither finished with maximum points.

Lindgren got the visitors off to a decent start when beating home favourite Holder in Heat 1, but the Dorset side quickly responded with successive 5-1s to lead 13-5.

Woffinden and Wells then combined for a 4-2 in Heat 4, and in-form Lindgren was first to the chequered flag ahead of Ward and Dennis Andersson in race five.

Proctor, Wells and Woffinden kept Parrys International Wolves in touch by winning successive shared races – the latter included lowering the colours of Aussie sensation Ward – but Poole more-or-less confirmed the Shield victory with maximum points in Heat 10 to lead 36-24.

Lindgren donned the black and white helmet in Heat 11 but could only manage a double-point second place behind Adrian Miedzinski and the race was shared 4-4.

And that unfortunately was as close as they were to get to the Elite League title favourites with Holder, Ward and Miedzinski all finishing strongly leaving the Pirates comfortable winners on the night.

POOLE 58: Chris Holder 13+1, Darcy Ward 12+1, Adrian Miedzinski 8, Ricky Kling 7+2, Todd Kurtz 7+1, Sam Masters 6+2, Dennis Andersson 5+3

WOLVERHAMPTON 34: Freddie Lindgren 12, Tai Woffinden 8, Ty Proctor 6, Ricky Wells 5, Nicolai Klindt 3, Pontus
Aspegren 0, Lukasz Sowka 0

Poole win 104-78 on aggregate.

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