Friday April 18, 2014
WOLVERHAMPTON’S spirited late fightback at Belle Vue proved in vain – as they suffered their first Elite League defeat of the season on Good Friday.

Trailing by 17-points and with both tactical rides having drawn a blank, the Parrys International Wolves recovered strongly and forced several nervous moments for the Aces before going down to a 39-50 defeat.

But it could all have been so different but for the events of the two double-points races, and the penultimate heat of the day, before Scott Nicholls secured maximum points for the home side.

Skipper Tai Woffinden defeated opposite No.1 Matej Zagar in Heat 1 but Wolves struggled in the early stages – and having dropped 12-down, Woffinden went for the double in Heat 6 but came to grief when chasing Richie Worrall.

A brave ride by Piotr Pawlicki prevented an Aces 5-1 in the re-run but the home side continued to extend their lead and then Pawlicki also crashed out when on a tactical ride in Heat 10.

But two successive Wolves 5-1s in Heats 11 and 12 suddenly saw the visitors gain momentum, Aces’ skipper Craig Cook hitting trouble in the former race and guest Tom Perry riding superbly in the latter to team up with Jacob Thorssell.

The gap remained at nine points despite a third successive win from Ricky Wells in Heat 14, with Wolves left to rue Perry’s retirement from the race after making a good start.

Woffinden and Wells required a 5-1 from the last race to salvage a league point but it was the Aces duo who gated, and although Woffinden split the pair he was unable to catch Nicholls.

BELLE VUE 50: Scott Nicholls 12+1, Matej Zagar 10+1, Richie Worrall 9, Stefan Nielsen 8+1, Michael Palm Toft 5+1, Craig Cook 5+1, Ben Reade 1.

WOLVERHAMPTON 39: Tai Woffinden 9+1, Ricky Wells 9, Tom Perry 6, Jacob Thorssell 4+1, Piotr Pawlicki 4+1, Ty Proctor 4, Ashley Morris 3+1.

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