Pirates produce winning second half performance to get the better of the Wolves. 18th June 2019
Poole Pirates 51 Wolverhampton Wolves 39
Poole Pirates welcomed back their chosen one-to-seven back as a unit for the first time since May 6th and produced a fine performance to see of the visiting Wolverhampton Wolves.
Despite suffering a setback in the opening heat by losing Jack Holder for the remainder of the meeting and only being two points ahead at the halfway point, a solid second half performance from the Pirates deservedly earned Poole three points.
Holder’s evening lasted barely a minute when he unfortunately crashed on the first corner in the opening heat. In some considerate pain, after being treated by the medics he was forced to withdraw from the meeting with a thigh problem.
From the resulting restart Wolverhampton fired in a 5-1 through Sam Masters and Kyle Howarth. The points were shared in heat two, with Pirates claiming their first heat maximum of the night with a Nicolai Klindt- Josh Grajczonek one two, only for Wolves to hit back in the very next heat with a 5-1, courtesy of Rory Schlein and Luke Becker. Masters made it two out of two heat wins in heat five with Schlein splitting the Pirates pairing of Brady Kurtz and Richie Worrall in the next heat.
The impressive Covatti powered to his second win of the night in Heat seven, with Kurtz sitting in for second place Poole took the lead for the first time in the meeting 22-20. By the time heat nine had been run it was Pirates who had stretched their advantage to six points thanks to a 5-1 from Kindt and Grajczonek.
With the visitors six points down they decided to go with Masters for a tactical substitution, but this backfired as the Pirates Skipper Grajczonek partnered Worrall to another Poole 5-1 to give the hosts a ten point cushion after ten heats 35-25.
The red-hot Italian Covatti was beaten for the first time in the night in heat 11 with Masters claiming a Wolves win. The home crowd didn’t have to wait to long before the win was sealed with two heats remaining when Klindt and Kurtz ensured another Pirates 5-1 to give Poole a 12-point lead.
There was some late consolation for the visitors when Becker and Nick Morris claimed a 5-1 heat advantage, but Poole had the last word when Klindt and Grajczonek comfortably came home first and second in the final heat of the night to send the home fans home happy.
Klindt deserved to be named rider of the night after scoring 17 points from six rides. Kurtz picked up 10+2 with special mention to Captain Grajczonek with nine and five bonus points out of six.
For the visitors it was Sam Masters who led the way with 12 points from six rides, whilst no other Wolverhampton rider managed to get into double figures.