Wednesday May 31, 2023
WOLVERHAMPTON promoter Chris Van Straaten has hailed his side's Bank Holiday Monday efforts after they closed the gap on Belle Vue at the top of the Sports Insure Premiership.

The Parrys International Wolves followed up a 45-45 afternoon draw in Manchester with a 46-44 win at Monmore Green as they extended their winning streak to six fixtures in the Black Country.

It means they are now just one point behind the reigning Champions as they prepare for another big trip to Ipswich on Thursday (June 1, 7.30).

Said Van Straaten: "I thought Monday was absolutely fantastic and for us to win at home in a last heat decider as we celebrated our 95th Anniversary was very fitting if you ask me.

"We did something almost identical against Poole when we turned 90 five years ago and I thought there was a terrific atmosphere once again on Monday night.

"I thought the two meetings against Belle Vue were both terrific adverts for British Speedway; the entertainment provided in terms of racing, the close nature of the meetings, the crowd levels, it was a perfect day of Speedway if you ask me.

"Full credit to both sets of riders but it was the Wolves riders who came out on top over the two meetings in the end and it was a great team effort.

"Rightly so, Sam Masters will get a lot of plaudits for holding his nerve and stepping up to win Heats 13 and 15 when the pressure really was on, but as the aggregate scoreline showed, every single point from every single rider was crucial in the final outcome.

"Zach Cook's pass on (Paco) Castagna in Heat 14 was just as important though and he's really starting to get to grips with the Monmore track now.

"It was great to see Luke Becker back in Wolves colours and I felt he was excellent considering the amount of racing he's done since making his comeback on Saturday.

"Steve Worrall was superb once again and him winning three of his four programmed rides shows how solid he has become at home in particular.

"Leon (Flint) enjoyed his best score of the season at Belle Vue, Ryan (Douglas) top scored there and while Rory (Schlein) would have hoped for more points overall, he still came up with a big couple of rides and he played his part, along with his six team-mates, in getting us over the line and collecting an invaluable four league points."

The Parrys International Wolves are set to be at full strength for their trip to Foxhall where they lead 49-41 on aggregate against the Witches.

Meanwhile, the Club's scheduled trip to Peterborough next Monday (June 5) has been postponed due to stadium availability issues at the East of England Arena.

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