Elite League Speedway: Leaders Wolverhampton hold off Peterborough, Belle Vue deny Swindon
Wolverhampton held off a late challenge to beat Peterborough and maintain their lead at the top of the Elite League.
Last Updated: 18/06/13 12:14pm
A 51-43 win at Monmore Green gave Wolves all three points against the Panthers but not before the bottom-placed outfit had given them a scare.
The hosts seemed to be coasting to victory as they led by 15 points after race nine but the visitors took Heat 13 5-1, to make for a tense finale in the Midlands.
Captain Fredrik Lindgren won the last race for Wolves though, ensuring they secured maximum points from the meeting.
Lindgren praised the efforts of Tai Woffinden, who raced through the pain barrier to contribute 6+2 before having to withdraw after three races.
"I'm pleased with the performance from the team, and Tai did a really good thing for the team trying his hardest to ride three heats even though he was in a lot of pain," he said.
"Everyone had some moment of brilliance that contributed to the win, and I was glad I didn't let the team down and won heats to get us all three points."
Lindgren managed 11+1 despite struggling to find his best form whilst Adam Skornicki sustained his good form with 10+2 for Wolves.
Elsewhere, Swindon earned a point from Monday's Elite League defeat at Belle Vue. The Robins went down 46-44 and were highly frustrated following a dramatic finish to proceedings.
Having dominated for much of the contest, Swindon were left stunned as two 5-1s in favour of the hosts in the final two races saw the home side snatch the victory. To make things worse for the Robins, it was their former rider Matej Zagar who won the meet for the Aces.
The visitors raced into a significant early lead after 5-1s in Heats 1 and 3 helped them to a 10-point advantage after Heat 7.
Belle Vue responded by taking the eighth 5-1 but, crucially it seemed, not using the tactical ride facility.
Heat 11 saw Nick Morris and guest Rory Schlein out do the Aces' Magnus Zetterstrom and Kauko Nieminen to hand the Robins a 37-29 lead with little sign of a recovery from the hosts in the next two races.
However, the penultimate Heat saw Nieminen and Kevin Wolbert team-ride to put Edward Kennett out of contention and give the Aces a glimmer of hope.
They then completed a remarkable turnaround as Zagar and Craig Cook finished ahead of Schlein and Troy Batchelor in Heat 15.
Swindow boss Alun Rossiter was understandably dissatisfied at his side losing their lead in such a manner.
"It's a point, but we're disappointed. It was a match of two halves, we started fantastically well but they adapted to a tricky track better in the closing stages, whilst we made too many mistakes," he said.