WOLVES 59 SOMERSET 31

Wednesday September 20, 2017
WOLVERHAMPTON skipper Freddie Lindgren was delighted to emerge with a big lead after a crushing 59-31 win over Somerset in their Knockout Cup semi-final first leg.

The Parrys International Wolves put in a Monmore Green masterclass to establish a 28-point advantage ahead of Friday’s second leg.

Lindgren, who will be one of five riders missing due to fixture clashes on Friday, believes they had extra motivation to put the Rebels to the sword.

And he believes they have put themselves in a strong position to progress even with a patched-up side.

“It was very, very important for us to build up a big lead before Friday,” Lindgren said.

“The Somerset promotion refused to change the date even though we have five riders missing, and obviously they see a chance to try and snatch a place in the final.

“It was really good to build up a big lead at home which gives the team a good chance to progress even with so many of us missing in the second leg.”

Lindgren top scored for the hosts and was one of three riders who suffered just one defeat apiece along with Rory Schlein and Kyle Howarth.

Aussie ace Sam Masters also impressed with 13+1 points as the Wolves top four powered them to victory and covered Jacob Thorssell’s rider replacement rides without a defeat.

Nathan Greaves and Mark Riss combined for a 5-1 in heat two and both emerged unscathed from crashes in the first half of the meeting on what was an excellent night for Peter Adams side.

After the second leg at Somerset on Friday, they will be back in home action for the first leg of the Premiership play-off semi-finals against Belle Vue on Monday (7.30).

WOLVERHAMPTON 59: Freddie Lindgren 15+2, Sam Masters 13+1, Rory Schlein 13, Kyle Howarth 11+3, Nathan Greaves 4+1, Mark Riss 3, Jacob Thorssell r/r.
SOMERSET 31: Richard Lawson 11, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Paul Starke 6+1, Jake Allen 3+1, Josh Grajczonek 2+1, Charles Wright 2, Patrick Hougaard r/r.

Picture: STEVE FEENEY

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