SWINDON 53 WOLVES 40

Thursday April 30, 2015
WOLVERHAMPTON battled hard but couldn't match a fired-up Swindon side in their 53-40 defeat in Wiltshire on Thursday.

Two Swindon maximums late on put paid to any hopes of the Parrys International Wolves claiming a consolation point and ended their fine run of results.

Promoter Chris Van Straaten said: "Swindon were on fire and credit to them, but we stayed with them and played our part in a very competitive meeting.

"It's always disappointing to lose, but we cannot fault the effort."

The home side appeared to be going into the meeting in a certain amount of disarray as they were forced into a double late change, with Jason Doyle and Josh Grajczonek coming into their team.

But three 5-1s in the first seven races put them in control of the meeting, despite early race wins for Freddie Lindgren and Peter Karlsson.

Lindgren, though, was outdone by Grajczonek and Nick Morris in Heat 6 and Doyle zoomed past Karlsson to team up with Troy Batchelor in the next, which opened up a 12-point lead.

Wolves boss Peter Adams utilised the tactical ride facility at the earliest opportunity, inserting Ricky Wells for double points, and the American banked the full six points with a fine turn two move around Grajczonek in Heat 8 – but partner Lewis Blackbird missed out to Charles Wright for third place.

Blackbird, however, helped Wolves reduce the gap to seven points in the next as Karlsson showed all his experience to fend off Kyle Howarth up-front.

The visitors pulled two more points back with a 4-2 in Heat 11 thanks to a welcome win for Jacob Thorssell, but the match went away from them two races later as an up-and-down Batchelor hit the front whilst Doyle cut sweetly through on the inside of Lindgren and Thorssell on the second bend.

A super Heat 14 saw Wolves guest Joonas Kylmakorpi become the first man to beat Morris, but Grajczonek retrieved third place from Karlsson to maintain a nine-point gap.

That left the visitors needing a 5-1 from the last race to salvage a league point but Morris and Doyle quickly moved clear of Wells and Lindgren to leave Wolves pointless and looking to return to winning ways in Monday’s big Bank Holiday home clash with Poole.

SWINDON 53: Nick Morris 12+2, Jason Doyle 10+3, Josh Grajczonek 8+1, Charles Wright 7+2, Kyle Howarth 7, Troy Batchelor 6, Lewis Rose 3+2.

WOLVERHAMPTON 40: Ricky Wells 11, Peter Karlsson 7, Freddie Lindgren 6+1, Lewis Blackbird 6+1, Joonas Kylmakorpi 5+1, Jacob Thorssell 5, Nathan Greaves 0.

Picture: LES AUBREY

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