COVENTRY 50 WOLVES 42

Friday March 27, 2015
PARRYS International Wolves suffered a 50-42 defeat against Coventry in a hard-fought Elite League opener at Brandon.

A breathtaking display from skipper Peter Karlsson was not enough to see Wolves snatch a point in what was an entertaining clash.

Karlsson rolled back the years with a sensational performance, dropping just one point and combining with Josh Bates for an 8-1 in heat nine to fire the Monmore men back into contention.

He looked set to snatch a point for Wolves as he hit the front alongside Freddie Lindgren in heat 15 – yet Bees’ skipper Chris Harris blasted past Lindgren to ensure they left empty handed.

Despite just missing out on a consolation point, Wolves promoter Chris Van Straaten was nonetheless keen to take the positives from their opening meeting of the campaign.

Said Van Straaten: “We are obviously disappointed to come away empty handed, but there are very much positive signs for us to take out of it.

“When you think that Tobiasz’s rider replacement rides only accounted for four points and we were without Lewis Blackbird, it was a pleasing effort to go so close.

“We looked at one stage in heat 15 like we might snatch a point, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and in the end those two falls in heat 13 were costly for us.”

Whilst club legend Karlsson was clearly the star of the show, he received fine support from the battling Ricky Wells whilst Lindgren notched two race wins on his Elite League return.

However, he hit the deck in the rerun of heat 13 after partner Jacob Thorssell had fallen in the initial staging of the race, gifting the hosts what ultimately proved to be a vital 5-0.

Josh Bates showed plenty of promising signs, but himself and guesting reserve partner Stefan Nielsen were outdone by a strong Bees lower order pair.

With rider replacement for injury victim Tobiasz Musielak returning just four points, Wolves were simply outdone by Coventry’s strength in depth despite a Karlsson masterclass.

Wolves will look to avenge their defeat as the Bees travel to Monmore Green for the return fixture on Monday (7.30).

COVENTRY 50: Danny King 10+2, James Sarjeant 10+1, Danny King 8+1, Hans Andersen 7+1, Jason Garrity 6+1, Joonas Kylmakorpi 5+1, Matej Kus 4

WOLVERHAMPTON 42: Peter Karlsson 20, Ricky Wells 8+2, Fredrik Lindgren 8, Josh Bates 3+1, Jacob Thorssell 2, Stefan Nielsen 1, Tobiasz Musielak R/R

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