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Wolverhampton edge victory over Coventry Bees

Wolves skipper Tai Woffinden
Tai Woffinden chalked up 10 points from six rides against Coventry

Wolverhampton squandered a 16-point advantage before beating Coventry 51-43 in the first leg of their Knockout Cup quarter-final at Monmore Green.

Late heat wins from Polish pair Krzysztof Kasprzak and Przemyslav Pawlicki spurred a Bees fightback.

"I think the score flattered Coventry to be honest with you, I thought we were much the better team," Wolves boss Peter Adams told BBC WM.

"Is eight points enough? It'll have to be because that's what it is."

Wolves' cause was hindered by the knee injury suffered by Polish star Adam Skornicki at the end of heat 12.

Tai continues to tail off in the latter part of meetings - I may have to look at a riding order change

Peter Adams on Tai Woffinden

Skornicki, 33, was celebrating his fourth race win of the night by performing a spectacular doughnut on the home straight, but fell off and injured his leg.

"Unfortunately the crowd demand the showmanship from Adam but it's cost him this time because that's a pretty painful injury," Adams noted.

"He's no chicken, he's a tough little guy but he's got a lot of pain there and I would think he's already a doubt for Peterborough on Thursday."

Adams' other main concern is the indifferent form of skipper Tai Woffinden in the number five position in the Wolves' line-up.

The Scunthorpe-born teenager won three of his first four rides against the Bees, but came out empty-handed in heats 13 and 15.

"Tai continues to tail off in the latter end of the meetings, we need some contribution there so I might have to look at a riding order change there pretty soon," said the long-serving Wolves boss.

"The number five position was Peter Karlsson's domain last year, Tai Woffinden wasn't exposed to that and he's not overflowing with confidence at the minute. So I may have to do something that'll massage that confidence."

Freddie Lindgren and Skornicki led the Wolves scoring with 12 apiece, Woffinden adding 10.

For Coventry Kasprzak notched 11 and Chris Harris 10.

The return leg at Brandon Stadium is scheduled for Wednesday, 25 August.



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