Red-hot Klindt puts the bite on Wolverhampton Wolves
Nicolai Klindt put one over his former club with a stunning 17-point haul as Wolverhampton slipped to a 51-39 defeat at Poole.
Danish star Klindt produced one of his best ever UK performances to keep Wolves at bay.
It was a rocky ride for both teams on a tricky Wimborne Road track as both sides got stuck in.
Parrys International Wolves held the upper hand for the first half of the meeting.
They opened up superbly with a maximum from Sam Masters and Kyle Howarth after home hero Jack Holder had hit the deck.
Pirates hit back with former Monmore Green man Klindt leading a 5-1 to level up matters at 9-9.
But skipper Rory Schlein teamed up with reserve Luke Becker for another visiting maximum in the next and Wolves went 14-10 up.
They stayed in front until heat seven when Brady Kurtz and Nico Covatti put Poole two points up – and they never looked back.
Wolves boss Peter Adams tried Masters as a tactical substitute for Nick Morris – who was having a tough night – in heat 10. He was beaten for the first time, however, with Poole extending their lead to 10 points.
The home side made sure of the win with another Klindt success, partnered by Kurtz, to put them 12 up with two races to go.
Wolves still had some left in the tank with a brilliant swoop by Morris in heat 14 to join Becker which gave them a shot at a bonus point in the final heat.
But Klindt delivered the goods for the reigning champions and team rode home with Josh Grajczonek – who didn’t win a race but finished behind a team mate four times – to clinch a 5-1. Masters and Howarth were the victims this time.
Wolves were a couple of riders short of where they needed to be and need to start picking points up on the road soon.
Poole: Nicolai Klindt 17, Brady Kurtz 10+2, Josh Grajczonek 9+5, Nico Covatti 7, Richie Worrall 6+1, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 2, Jack Holder 0.
Wolverhampton: Sam Masters 12, Luke Becker 9+1, Kyle Howarth 6+1, Rory Schlein 6, Jacob Thorssell 3+1, Nick Morris 2, Ashley Morris 1+1.