Elite League speedway: Poole Pirates claim 59-36 win at Wolverhampton Wolves
Last Updated: 04/08/14 10:36pm
Poole Pirates took a major step towards securing an Elite League play-off spot as they thrashed the Wolverhampton Wolves 59-36 at Monmore Green.
Led by the excellent Darcy Ward (13 points), the Pirates produced a superb team display with Josh Grajczonek, Przemyslaw Pawlicki and reserve Kyle Newman (13+1) all offering great support.
The visitors set the tone in the first heat with Ward and Grajczonek keeping world champion Tai Woffinden at bay to secure an opening 5-1.
After a 4-2 in heat three took Poole six points clear, a bad start became a disastrous one for the Wolves in the fourth when firstly Joe Jacobs and then, after a restart, new signing Lasse Bjerre were both excluded allowing Grajczonek and Brendan Johnson to land a facile 5-0 that put the Pirates 11 ahead at 17-6.
There was more bad luck for the hosts in the next as Woffinden was forced to retire having lost his chain following heavy contact from Przemyslaw Pawlicki, although Wolves did claim a 6-3 as the Pole’s brother, Piotr Pawlicki (13+1), took the race riding on double points.
Another Poole 5-1 courtesy of Ward and Janowski allowed Wolverhampton the chance to use Jacob Thorssell on a second tactical ride in the seventh heat and the Swede duly won to repair some of the damage, making the scoreline 28-19.
But after a couple of drawn heats, Poole seized the initiative once again as the struggling Woffinden could muster only second between Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Janowski as the lead stretched back into double figures.
Indeed, the Pirates would wrap up victory by the 12th heat as they roared to another 5-1 win, Grajczonek and the outstanding Newman – who dropped only one point to a Wolves rider all night – combined to maximum effect to open an unassailable 47-30 lead.
The race of the night arrived in the 13th and summed up Woffinden and his team’s luck. The world champion looked set to restore some pride as he led after two laps with team-mate Piotr Pawlicki behind him, but he would amazingly go on to finish last as Ward came from nowhere to grab victory with Janowski completing a 4-2.
There was more of the same from Ward in the last heat as he fittingly signed off with another success to put the gloss on a fine performance from the Pirates.
Poole move second in the Elite League table on their back of their win, but they failed to make any ground up on runaway leaders King’s Lynn who also convincingly claimed four points on Monday night with a 54-39 victory away at Belle Vue.