WOLVES DIG DEEP FOR VICTORY

Monday April 29, 2019
WOLVERHAMPTON dug deep to secure a hard fought 50-40 win over top flight newcomers Ipswich at Monmore Green.

Parrys International Wolves turned around an early six-point deficit to make it two out of two in the Premiership.
Reserve Luke Becker came down when third in Heat Two before rejuvenated former Wolf Cameron Heeps sped past Ashley Morris up the inside off bed two of the third lap.
Becker appeared to have redeemed himself as he charged under Krystian Pieszczek down the back straight of the fourth, but the Pole managed to get back by Becker before another spill on bends three and four.
Scott Nicholls unsettled Ipswich No.1 Chris Harris on the entrance to lap three whilst team manager Peter Adams’ decision to bring in Sam Masters as a tactical substitution paid off as the Aussie took full advantage of a last bend mistake by Harris as the hosts reduced the deficit to just two with their first maximum of the night.
But Wolves suffered a blow in the next when Kyle Howarth was sandwiched by both opposition riders into bend three – and referee Tony Steele deemed the home man to be at fault and threw the Wolves No.2 out of the re-run.
Despite a lightning start, lone Wolf Masters was eventually forced to settle for a split of the Witches as Heeps stormed to a second straight race victory on his return to Monmore.
But the hosts produced a ruthless mid-meeting streak to turn the fixture around. A 4-2 from Rory Schlein and Ashley Morris was followed by a straight hat-trick of 5-1 maximums. Howarth was involved in two of those while Nicholls picked himself up from the dirt in the ninth after a collision with the previously unbeaten Heeps who locked up in front of the Wolves No.5 as he attempted an outside blast.
Ipswich gave the hosts something to think about as the interval arrived though as tactical substitute Danny King recovered from a fall in his previous ride to lead a 5-1 with Harris to move back to within six.
But Wolves’ big boys delivered the goods in the closing stages. Nicholls took the chequered flag in Heat 12 before Masters rounded his night off with back-to-back successes following a switch of machinery to maintain their unbeaten start at home.
Said Masters: “We made a bit of hard work for ourselves early on but we got the track worked out and we came good in the end.
“We’re trying to find a bit more consistency at home because we want to be winning a bit more easily at home.
“But we can’t complain too much; we’re still using rider replacement for Nick (Morris – wrist injury) and we’ve still had some pretty solid results so we’ll take it for sure.”
Parrys International Wolves are back in action on Monday, May 13 when they host King’s Lynn at Monmore.
WOLVERHAMPTON 50: Sam Masters 13+3, Scott Nicholls 12+1, Rory Schlein 9+1, Kyle Howarth 8+2, Luke Becker 5, Ashley Morris 3, Nick Morris R/R.
IPSWICH 40: Danny King 10+2, Jake Allen 10, Cameron Heeps 9, Krystian Pieszczek 5+1, Chris Harris 3+1, Richard Lawson 3, David Bellego 0.

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