WOLVES 49 SWINDON 43

Monday May 22, 2017
WOLVERHAMPTON boss Peter Adams was glad to see his side secure a 49-43 win over Swindon - but described the close contest as refreshing.

The Parrys International Wolves sealed a seventh straight league success as they moved eight points clear at the top of the SGB Premiership table.

Adams' side have been rampant in recent weeks, with 18 points being their smallest winning margin in their previous three home fixtures.

But Swindon staged a late comeback, after trailing by 14 points with just three races remaining, to snatch a last gasp consolation league point themselves.

Said Adams: "I certainly don't begrudge Swindon the point that they got and it certainly wasn't a surprise to me.

"Their results have been very consistent on the road and they've been very competitive wherever they've been.

"I personally felt it was refreshing to meet an opposition who gave us a match, which hasn't been the case for our last three home meetings.

"Whether you win 46-44 or whether you score 50 plus, you can only get three league points for a home win.

"But it was actually nice in some ways to be run a little bit closer.

"All that matters though is that we've stretched our lead at the top of the league again and we've kept the ball rolling with another win to our streak.

"That was our natural aim, we managed to do so and got the job done again but it was a more enjoyable fixture and it reiterates the fact that you can't underestimate anyone in this league."

Captain Freddie Lindgren's sensational winning streak came to an end in his final outing of the evening. After opening his night with another hat-trick of wins, that took his unbeaten run to 24 heats. However, that run was halted after being outgated by Jason Doyle and Nick Morris in heat 13 - a race which saw Lindgren tweak his knee after going into bend three hard, ruling him out of the nominated riders race.

Rory Schlein bagged double figures for the fourth time in six appearances for the Wolves while Sam Masters reeled off three straight wins to register nine points.

Jacob Thorssell and Kyle Howarth both provided solid back up once again while reserve pairing Mark Riss and Nathan Greaves both managed five invaluable points between them.

The Parrys International Wolves host Poole at Monmore Green next Monday at the earlier start time of 6pm. The fixture is part of a Bank Holiday double header which also sees Cradley entertain Belle Vue Colts in the National League.

WOLVERHAMPTON 49: Rory Schlein 10+1, Freddie Lindgren 10, Sam Masters 9, Jacob Thorssell 8+2, Kyle Howarth 7+1, Mark Riss 3+1, Nathan Greaves 2

SWINDON 43: Jason Doyle 15, Nick Morris 11+2, David Bellego 5, Zach Wajtknecht 4+3, Dany Gappmaier 4+1, Adam Ellis 4, Bradley Wilson-Dean R/R

Picture: JOHN HIPKISS

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