IT PROVED to be a frustrating night once again for Gary Havelock and his Coventry Bees side after they narrowly missed out on Elite League points for the second consecutive away meeting as they went down 51-41 at Wolverhampton on Monday night, writes Observer speedway reporter Robin Allen.
In what was an entertaining local derby, skipper Chris Harris led the Bees superbly and received strong backing from the all-action Jason Garrity.
But as has been the case in recent weeks, Havelock’s side found themselves coming from a deficit as they trailed by six points after Heat four, although it could have been so much better.
“It’s just frustrating, because we talked about the importance of getting off to a good start,” said Havelock. “We keep giving everyone a start in the first half of the meeting and then coming back.
“Wolves were the better team on the night so congratulations to them, and one thing we need to do is get some away wins and the sooner the better.
“There’s so much effort from so many riders, I felt Danny King rode his socks off for four points, and it’s just disappointing how it slipped away.”
Krzysztof Kasprzak snatched second place on the line from Kyle Howarth to prevent a Wolves 5-1 in the opener before Harris got the better of Sam Masters on the inside after a lap and a half of pressure in Heat three with Danny King seeing off Joonas Kylmakorpi for third.
The next race saw Kacper Woryna and James Sarjeant hit the front only for home track knowledge to play a vital role in Jacob Thorssell and then Peter Karlsson making their way through for a 5-1.
Back-to-back heat advantages in heat seven and eight put the home-side ten points up which left Bees in tactical territory, although team manager Havelock elected to delay his decision until heat ten.
Polish youngster Woryna produced a stunning effort in Heat 9 to lead Karlsson and then refused to be beaten when the Swede passed him on the inside, the Pole surging back around the outside to take a deserved win.
Garrity took the double-points outing in the following race after coming from the back to round Kylmakorpi on turns one and two before driving strongly inside Masters off the final bend to take a doubled-up second place for a Bees 7-1.
The two-point gap was maintained in Heat 12 as the Bees reserves packed in behind Karlsson, but a classy ride from Lindgren in the next saw him despatch Kasprzak on turn one and then round Harris off the second bend, his earlier move enabling Kylmakorpi to take third spot.
And with the Bees needing a fast start to Heat 14, but a Wolves 5-1 which sealed their victory as Masters and Thorssell team-rode their way to maximum points over King, who rode every line possible to try to find a way through.
Bees needing an advantage from the last race to snatch a league point – but Garrity, after making a good start from the outside, was just unable to get across Lindgren between turns one and two leaving the Wolves No.1 clear of Harris, with Garrity eventually missing out to Thorssell in the race for third.