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Wolves sink Pirates in Elite League thriller


Wolverhampton Wolves completed an impressive comeback as they won 47-46 against Elite League champions Poole Pirates at Monmore Green.

But it appeared the the Pirates had clean sailing ahead of them after they had opened up a 33-21 lead after nine races, however the hosts clawed their way back after a tactical ride in heat 10 allowed Freddie Lindgren and Ricky Wells to secure an 8-1.

The home side then took the lead on the night for the first time after a 5-1 from Ricky Wells and Tobiasz Musielak in heat 14, before Lindgren kept Chris Holder at bay in last place to ensure a 3-3 in the final heat, giving Wolves the win.

Wolves promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “I think even if we’d have lost in that final race, to come from 12 points down and take it to Heat 15 was quite an amazing performance.

“I went from being so desolate at half past five with the rain coming down to enjoying a wonderful evening of racing.

“The entertainment served up was breathtaking, and the fighting spirit shown by our riders going in as underdogs was superb.

“It’s been a difficult few weeks for us, so to hold on in the final race to get the win in the manner in which we did was really tremendous.”

In the nights other meeting, Belle Vue recorded an impressive 55-35 victory against third placed King’s Lynn, which included 13 points from skipper Scott Nicholls and a further 10+1 from Max Fricke, moving the Aces back into the play-off places.

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About Dale Ventham

Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.

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