Monday October 16, 2017
WOLVERHAMPTON star Sam Masters believes they can head into the winter with their heads held high despite suffering Knockout Cup Final disappointment against Belle Vue.

A 52-38 defeat in the second leg in Manchester meant the Parrys International Wolves slipped to an agonising four-point loss on aggregate.

It caps off a frustrating end to the season after their injury crisis also led to a last-gasp defeat in the SGB Premiership play-off final.

But Masters, who top scored with 10+1 points at the National Speedway Stadium, insists their patched up side did themselves proud.

Said Masters: “It’s hard to take, but I think we’ve done well considering the team we’ve had to put together after the injuries to Jacob, Freddie and Rory.

“With the way the track was, the little light fellas were flying towards the end and it didn’t quite suit us.

“We did our best and pushed them all the way, and I think we can go away with our heads held high. It just wasn’t meant to be in the end.”

Masters and guest Richard Lawson both bagged double figures for the visitors but could not overhaul last-heat hero Rohan Tungate in the final race.

Mark Riss and Nathan Greaves also put in determined showings at reserve, but Richie Worrall and Scott Nicholls struggled to make a significant impact as they stepped in against their former club.

BELLE VUE 52: Kenneth Bjerre 16+1, Rohan Tungate 13+1, Dan Bewley 8, Steve Worrall 7+3, Chris Harris 6, Jack Smith 2, Craig Cook r/r.
WOLVERHAMPTON 38: Sam Masters 10+1, Richard Lawson 10, Mark Riss 6+2, Richie Worrall 5, Scott Nicholls 4, Nathan Greaves 3+1, Jacob Thorssell r/r.
Belle Vue win 92-88 on aggregate.

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