ADAMS HAPPY DESPITE TIGHT DEFEAT AT LEADERS

Monday May 20, 2019
TEAM boss Peter Adams declared himself content with Wolverhampton’s point from a nip-and-tuck 46-44 defeat at Ipswich despite pondering what might have been.

The Parrys International Wolves led three times and after five of the heats against a side that tops the Premiership standings with a 100 per cent record at Foxhall Stadium across all competitions.

Captain Rory Schlein led the way with four wins from seven outings and a second behind Scott Nicholls in heat 10.
That same duo snatched a draw at the end with Wolves trailing by six going into the penultimate heat, the biggest margin between the well-match rivals on the night.

Nicholls came in as rider replacement for the injured Nick Morris with Schlein sent out as a tactical substitute, the latter leading a 4-2 to send the BT Sport televised clash to a last-heat decider.

But a repeat in heat 15 against Danny King and Chris Harris was not enough to wipe out a lead that changed hands no fewer than six times on a night when ex-Wolves rider Cameron Heeps bagged 15-paid-16 from reserve for the hosts.

“When you have a reserve scoring 15-paid-16 points it makes life a lot easier, having said that they were without (fellow reserve) Jake Allen who has been top scoring for them around here,”
“Ipswich are a tough nut to crack but we led the meeting pretty late on and were disappointed not to get at least a draw.
“Still, they did not get any points when they came to Wolverhampton and we got a point from this one so we are ahead of the game across the two fixtures.”

HEAT BY HEAT
Sam Masters and Kyle Howarth packed the minor places in the opener, the latter seeing off the brief charge of Chris Harris at the back while Richard Lawson jetted away.

Ipswich went two up in the reserve race with Heeps extending his lead throughout ahead of Luke Becker.

Wolves then benefited from a pair of opponents falling, moving ahead in the fourth through Schlein and Becker.

They had been on a 5-1 when Krystian Piesczczek hit the deck on turn three but easily saw it through in the re-run after guest Josh Bates had a fuel cap problem.

Much like the re-run of heat three, home hero Danny King was never getting caught having gated in a shared fifth.
Schlein was just as quick away in another 3-3 in the sixth but the tables were turned with Heeps roaring away with the seventh and Piesczczek holding firm in second despite the best efforts of Nicholls.

Bates then locked up and was excluded in the eighth with Howarth doing a stellar job of pinning Lawson before jetting away from lap two in a second Wolves maximum.

That man Heeps wound it on around the outside to outdo Schlein with the pass of the night, hanging on his tail to bravely make the cut on the final turn of the ninth and back up King’s third win only for the pendulum to swing again with Nicholls leading rider replacement Schlein in a tapes-to-flag maximum.

Nicholls got away with jumping the start of the 12th and led a 3-3 despite being swarmed by Heeps but Harris roared back from one point from three rides to win heat 13 and put Ipswich six ahead.

Schlein came in as a tactical substitute and won with Nicholls third to take it to a last-heat decider raced by the same pair but Nicholls could not quite pass King in second to back up winner Schlein in the finale.

Ipswich: Cameron Heeps 15+1, Danny King 12+1, Richard Lawson 7, Krystian Pieszczek 6+3, Chris Harris, 4+1, Josh Bates 2, David Bellego 0.
Wolves: Rory Schlein 15+1, Scott Nicholls 10+1, Kyle Howarth 7+2, Luke Becker 6+2, Sam Masters 6, Ashley Morris 0, Nick Morris R/R.

Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

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