Monday June 24, 2019
WOLVERHAMPTON boss Peter Adams was trying to find positives after a disappointing 46-44 defeat against Poole.

It was an enthralling, topsy-turvy contest against the reigning Premiership Champions which concluded in a second successive home loss for the Parrys International Wolves.
The visitors sat on maximums in each of the first three races after some super-quick gating and it was only Kyle Howarth’s second lap pass on Richie Worrall to claim second place in the opener that denied them a hat-trick of early 5-1s as they opened up a ten-point lead.
But it was the Monmore men who delivered a mightily impressive response as they themselves successfully recorded a straight trio of maximums to stun the Dorset outfit.
The first came as they took full advantage in the re-run of Heat Four with Luke Becker and captain Rory Schlein combining after Poole man Brady Kurtz lost control on bend four in the initial staging.
And it was Schlein who helped the hosts maintain their new-found two-point lead when he snuck up the inside of former Wolverhampton title winner Nicolai Klindt and outmuscled the Dane down the back straight of the seventh.
Wolves moved four clear in the eighth as reserve Becker made it back-to-back race wins, and while it looked as though Howarth may be able to find a way into second place on more than one occasion, Poole’s Richie Worrall resisted the challenge to restrict the Wolves to a 4-2.
Poole levelled in Heat Nine before a major turning point took place in the tenth when mechanical gremlins robbed Howarth of a seemingly nailed-on third and Klindt couldn’t believe his luck passing him on the run to the line.
There was more drama in Heat 11 as Schlein attempted a last bend move up the inside of Worrall to deny them another 5-1, but it came at the cost of a dislocated thumb after the Poole man was disqualified for turning left on his opponent.
After the interval, Wolves again cancelled out a Poole 5-1 with a maximum of their own but when Becker slid out of the penultimate race, momentum again swung massively in the visitors’ favour.
And Poole skipper Josh Grajczonek wrapped up the victory in the final race, successfully splitting the home duo of Sam Masters and Schlein.
Boss Adams said: “It was a bad coin toss to lose as you saw how much better the inside gates were early on and Poole were very dominant from that position.
“It was a very poor start to the meeting for us but I was very impressed with the way the boys fought back and got their noses in front.
“But they’re a very solid team and when you have one or two passengers in the main body of the team like we did, it’s difficult to chisel a result out against a team of that quality.”
Wolves are back in action on Monday, July 8 when Swindon are the visitors to Monmore Green.
WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Sam Masters 11, Rory Schlein 10+2, Luke Becker 7, Kyle Howarth 5+1, Jacob Thorssell 5, Nick Morris 4+1, Max Clegg 2+1.
POOLE 46: Josh Grajczonek 11+2, Nico Covatti 9+1, Nicolai Klindt 8+1, Jack Holder 7, Richie Worrall 4, Brady Kurtz 4, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 3+1.

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