SOMERSET 53 WOLVES 37

Friday October 06, 2017
Wolves bounced back from their play-off heartache to dump Somerset out of the cup and set up a second tilt at a trophy.

They now host Belle Vue in the first leg of the final on Tuesday, with the return in Manchester the following night.

With victory all but assured after a 28-point success in the home leg, the Parrys International Wolves approached their date at the Oak Tree Arena with some confidence.

Six points adrift on the night after four heats, they then shared the spoils in the next half-dozen races to effectively seal the tie, needing only to provide finishers after that to win on aggregate.

But this was not a vintage showing from the visitors – club owner Chris Van Straaten describing it as “probably one of the worst away performances I've seen from the Wolves team this season”.

He added: “It's very hard at this stage of the season, there's huge disappointment. We need to come back. But we did the job at home, so we were very lucky.

“We need to ride a lot better next Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Former Somerset riders Kyle Howarth and Sam Masters led the way for Wolves on a super racing circuit – their battling back to back victories in heats eight and nine would grace any end of season highlights showreel – and Howarth admitted the last few days have been difficult after the Swindon defeat.

“This week was tough for us,” he said. “We put a lot of effort in and it just didn't seem to go our way. A few late injuries cost us.

“Today we regrouped and a few of us did our job. We got there!

“It was nice to come back and get the team flowing again.”

PREMIERSHIP KOC SEMI FINAL, 2nd leg
SOMERSET 53: Richard Lawson 17+1, Jake Allen 11+2, Charles Wright 10, Edward Kennett 9+1, Lewis Kerr 5+3, Cameron Heeps 1, Josh Grajczonek r/r
WOLVERHAMPTON 37: Kyle Howarth 12+1, Sam Masters 9, Rory Schlein 7+1, Scott Nicholls 6+3, Mark Riss 2+1, Nathan Greaves 1, Jacob Thorssell r/r
Wolverhampton win 96-84 on aggregate

Picture: COLIN BURNETT

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