WOLVES 44 POOLE 48

Monday July 17, 2017
WOLVERHAMPTON suffered a 48-44 defeat against Poole in a meeting marred by a horror crash for Kyle Howarth.

Howarth was sent flying into the safety fence on the home straight after clipping the back wheel of Hans Andersen in heat six.

He was knocked unconscious and was taken to hospital by ambulance, where early indications suggest he has somehow escaped any broken bones and suffered a grade two concussion, which would require a seven-day layoff.

Howarth’s withdrawal proved a bitter blow for the Parrys International Wolves on the night where their unbeaten home record came to an end.

They had raced into a 10-point lead at the time of Howarth’s crash, but the Pirates took full advantage to stage a dramatic comeback and snatch victory in the closing stages.

And skipper Freddie Lindgren, who was unable to land a blow as Wolves looked to salvage a draw with a 5-1 in heat 15, admitted they were frustrated to suffer their first defeat of the campaign on home shale.

“We don’t come here to lose, so we’re disappointed,” Lindgren said. “We got hit pretty hard when Kyle Howarth had a big crash, but we should be able to bounce back from that as a team.

“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that today. We try to stay focused after something like that happens and I think all the guys did, but a few things caught us out.

“Not having Kyle in his last two rides was tough as well because he’s been one of our main players this season, and we just didn’t quite do enough in the end.”

Lindgren scored paid nine in the No.1 spot, being involved in two 5-1s but running two last places in his five rides.

Jacob Thorssell bounced back from bike troubles in his first outing to top score, winning heats 13 and 15 on his way to double figures.

Middle order man Rory Schlein also suffered just one defeat from his four rides and twice joined forces with Sam Masters for 5-1s in the first five heats.

But reserve duo Nathan Greaves and Max Clegg were unable to make a major impact against in-form opposite number Paul Starke as they tried to cover for Howarth following his crash.

Wolves will look to bounce back as they head to Belle Vue in a huge top of the table clash in Manchester next Monday (7.30).

WOLVERHAMPTON 44: Jacob Thorssell 11, Sam Masters 8+1, Rory Schlein 8+1, Freddie Lindgren 7+2, Nathan Greaves 5, Kyle Howarth 3, Max Clegg 2+1.
POOLE 48: Hans Andersen 12, Paul Starke 10+4, Richie Worrall 10+2, Jack Holder 6, Timo Lahti 5+1, Krzysztof Kasprzak 4, James Shanes 1.

Picture: STEVE FEENEY

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