Friday June 06, 2014
WOLVERHAMPTON had to settle for a consolation point from a 42-48 defeat in a tense Midlands derby at Coventry.

In-form Swedish youngster Jacob Thorssell managed to split Chris Harris and Kenneth Hansen in the last race to ensure Wolves took some reward from the meeting after Piotr Pawlicki had been disqualified for bringing Harris down in the first running of the race.

Wolves took some time to get into the meeting with Pawlicki and Tai Woffinden both running early last places, and in fact the Pole failed to score in his first two rides due to bike issues in Heat 6 which caused a 15-metre penalty after he missed the time allowance.

Coventry raced into a 28-20 lead but Wolves hit back in style with a 5-1 from reserves Ashley Morris and Joe Jacobs in Heat 9 backed up by Pawlicki – in the fastest time of the night – and Ricky Wells in Heat 10 to level the scores.

The momentum shifted back the Bees’ way when Hansen rounded Woffinden on the first lap of Heat 11 to put them back in front, and a big 5-1 from Harris and Hans Andersen over Pawlicki and Woffinden in Heat 13 rebuilt their lead to six points.

Wolves still had a chance especially as home rider Kyle Howarth had been withdrawn with a scaphoid injury, but Bees’ guest reserve Simon Lambert split Ty Proctor and Jacobs in the penultimate race, meaning the visitors needed a 5-1 in Heat 15 to snatch a draw.

But those hopes were ended when Pawlicki and Harris collided on the back straight as the Wolves man moved through on the inside, and he was adjudged the cause of Harris’s fall.

That left the impressive Thorssell, who had earlier won his first two rides, to hold off the challenge of Hansen in the re-run for the second place Wolves needed to grab a consolation, and remain ahead of the Bees in the Elite League table on race-points difference.

Boss Peter Adams said: “We came here looking for a point and that’s what we got, so we have to be happy with that.

“I had a different view of Heat 15 to the referee because I thought Pawlicki was marginally in front when the crash happened, but I’m looking down the straight so I have a better view to the referee looking across the centre-green – all he can see is what’s happening side-on. I thought it was a bit harsh.

“Pawlicki had a lot of bike troubles and Tai has a problem with his hip which meant he couldn’t ride in Heat 15, which I would have preferred him to, but having said that I thought Jacob had a great night and did himself proud.”

COVENTRY 48: Chris Harris 11+2, Kenneth Hansen 11+1, Ryan Fisher 8+1, Hans Andersen 8, Simon Lambert 6, Kyle Howarth 3+1, James Sarjeant 1.
WOLVERHAMPTON 42: Jacob Thorssell 11+1, Joe Jacobs 6+2, Ricky Wells 6+1, Ashley Morris 5+1, Tai Woffinden 5, Ty Proctor 5, Piotr Pawlicki 4.

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