Tuesday May 30, 2023
WOLVERHAMPTON team manager Peter Adams placed particular praise on skipper Sam Masters following their last heat triumph over Belle Vue at Monmore Green on Monday.

The Parrys International Wolves maintained their 100 per cent home record with a 46-44 victory, which also ended the Aces’ seven match unbeaten run in the process.

That result came on the back of a dramatic 45-45 draw earlier in the day in Manchester, meaning the Wolves claimed four of the five Sports Insure Premiership points that were up for grabs across the course of the Bank Holiday Monday double header.

Both fixtures saw plenty of entertaining, close, competitive racing - with Belle Vue fighting back in the latter stages of each as well.

But after being frustrated by two previous third places, it was Masters who rose to the occasion to stop the reigning Champions in their tracks by winning both Heats 13 and 15 to edge the Monmore men over the line in a tense finale as the Club celebrated its 95th Anniversary in fine style.

“It was tremendous entertainment,” Adams said.

“They were two really good top-flight matches.

“It was a good day all-round and we are really pleased.

“Sam Masters produced two captain’s rides in Heats 13 and 15 to get us over the line.

“It was a shame with the accident in Heat 14 because I rather thought we could wrap the meeting up in that race and losing Dougy (Ryan Douglas) in the way that we did was particularly damaging.

“But Sam saved the day, we took four points and we’re very near the top of the league now.”

The Parrys International Wolves are now just one point behind league leaders Belle Vue - but the Black Country outfit do have a meeting in hand.

Their trip to Ipswich on Thursday (June 1, 7.30) is their first of three straight away fixtures, two of which come in the league.

The next action at Monmore Green is on Monday, June 12 (7.30) when Peterborough are the visitors.

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