First away win in two years gives Wolverhampton Wolves a timely boost
Wolverhampton bagged their first away win in almost two years on a potentially season changing night at Peterborough.
The 49-41 scoreline not only ended their woes on the road, but also secured all four league points available as the Parrys International Wolves successfully built on Monday’s home win over Swindon, writes Ryan Guest.
The Monmore men edged in front with a 4-2 in the third but Nick Morris and Jacob Thorssell got in each other’s way as they let a 5-1 slip.
Wolves did manage a first maximum just two races later though as Aussie duo Ryan Douglas and Rory Schlein combined to move Wolves six in front with the latter producing a smart cut-back up the inside off bend two.
That was the first of four advantages in the space six races as they grabbed control of the fixture.
Wolves ensured a win with a 3-3 in heat 13 before a Peterborough maximum in the penultimate race left them with work to do to claim that extra league point. And it was recent recruit Douglas who was the hero in just his second top-flight fixture. He rode a stormer to hold off a fast-charging home pairing of Charles Wright and Rohan Tungate for a third race win on the night.
Team boss Peter Adams said: “While it was pretty much a solid team performance throughout, for me Ryan was the star of the show.
“One or two people may have been questioning my decision to use him in the last race but he answered any critics and justified the move perfectly.
“This result has been a long time coming though and while I do sympathise with the problems Peterborough had with their No.1 rider missing, we could only beat what was in front of us as the cliché goes.
“I thought the boys were terrific as a group though to restrict them to just two heat advantages on their own track and it was almost the complete team performance we’ve been looking for.”
Wolves will be aiming to make it three wins on the spin when they host high-flying Ipswich at Monmore on Monday (7.30pm).
Peterborough 41: Rohan Tungate 15+1, Charles Wright 10+1, Aaron Summers 6, Scott Nicholls 4, Josh Bates 3+2, Ty Proctor 3, Hans Andersen R/R.
Wolverhampton 49: Ryan Douglas 12+1, Jacob Thorssell 9, Rory Schlein 7+2, Sam Masters 7+1, Nick Morris 5+1, Kyle Howarth 5, Luke Becker 4+2.