Monday July 07, 2014
PARRYS International Wolves saw their play-off hopes dealt a major blow as they slipped to a narrow 46-44 defeat in a thrilling clash with Coventry at Monmore Green.

In what was a tense, nervy meeting throughout, the determined Bees snatched victory in a dramatic finale to condemn Wolverhampton to a hugely frustrating loss.

Skipper Tai Woffinden led the side superbly with a spectacular 11+1 point haul featuring some stunning overtaking.

Yet it was not enough to see his side claim a much-needed win - and he was left frustrated by a disappointing result as they slipped to their second loss of the season on home soil.

Said Woffinden: "It was a tough meeting and we did everything we could, but at the end of the day we got beaten by a better team.

"As much as I hate to say it Coventry were just better than us on the night. It's a disappointing result for us but we've just got to try and put it behind us and move onto the next one."

Whilst Woffinden was in inspired form - storming to four wins from his five outings - his only blip came at the worst possible time for Wolves.

He was forced wide in a tight heat 13 as his side conceded a costly 5-1, and although he stormed to victory in heat 15 partner Rory Schlein could not make any inroads against Bees pair Chris Harris and Hans Andersen.

Although Schlein fought hard to a solid points haul, the absence of flying Pole Piotr Pawlicki was notable in the No.5 position.

With Jacob Thorssell still getting to grips with life in the heat-leader role, the hosts accounted for only seven race winners on a tough night.

Second strings Ty Proctor and Ricky Wells did battle hard but neither could provide the big score needed to support Woffinden,

Down at reserve Joe Jacobs pulled off a sublime heat 12 ride to help his side strike what could have been a crucial maximum as he enjoyed a solid night, whilst Tom Perry also added a creditable score.

Yet with Bees reserve Jason Garrity in scintillating form Wolves were undone and could not add to their Elite League points tally.

WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Tai Woffinden 11+1, Rory Schlein 8+1, Ty Proctor 6, Ricky Wells 6, Joe Jacobs 5+1, Jacob Thorssell 5, Tom Perry 3+1.

COVENTRY 46: Jason Garrity 17, Chris Harris 10+3, Hans Andersen 10, Michael Jepsen Jensen 3+1, Kenneth Hansen 3, James Sarjeant 3, Kyle Howarth 0.

Elite League points: Wolverhampton 0 Coventry 3

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