Monday June 12, 2017
FREDDIE Lindgren delivered double delight for Wolverhampton with a 15-point maximum in the 54-39 beating of Leicester before declaring himself fit to resume his normal schedule.

Like his team, the Grand Prix ace was largely untroubled as Parrys International Wolves took 13 of the 15 chequered flags on offer at Monmore Green.

Lions number one Kim Nilsson did all he could to throw the cat among the pigeons by leading an 8-1 on a tactical ride in heat 11 but the hosts bagged a pair of 4-2 heat advantages and then two maximums to settle any nerves.

And after the meeting, talisman Lindgren had good news for his faithful following in the West Midlands.

“The injury is not perfect but a lot better than it has been over the past couple of weeks,” said Lindgren.

“I do still have a little bit of pain and trouble with my mobility but it is good enough to race at 100 per cent.

“I have had three meetings in three days and don’t seem to have any more pain which is a good sign so I will be going for my full schedule now.”

Kyle Howarth was the harsh recipient of a 15-metre handicap in the opener for bursting the tapes after Leicester’s Erik Riss had moved but he battled back for a point with Lindgren cruising to victory.

The Lions won the gate on a handful of occasions but Wolves generally hit the back straight first and gradually built a healthy advantage.

It was all going to plan until heat 11 when Sam Masters was held up by Erik Riss with Nilsson free to roar up the inside in the black and white helmet to close the gap to three points but Lindgren had little trouble in helping his side over the line.

“I am very happy,” he added. “It is not so easy to come back after an injury. I have had three weeks on the sidelines so it was nice to get off to a winning start in my first heat. It felt good.

“We looked good as a team. They came close with that 8-1 but overall, we were the stronger side.”

WOLVERHAMPTON 54: Freddie Lindgren 15, Jacob Thorssell 12+2, Rory Schlein 8+1, Sam Masters 8, Mark Riss 6+1, Kyle Howarth 5, Nathan Greaves 0.

LEICESTER 39: Kim Nilsson 14, Danny King 7+1, Lasse Bjerre 7, Tom Perry 4+2, Josh Bates 4+1, Erik Riss 3+2, Jason Garrity R/R.


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