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Wolverhampton Wolves v Ipswich Witches


Premiership 2022

Monmore GreenSutherland Ave, Wolverhampton, WV2 2JJ

42 - 48


Date Tapes Up Competition Season
Monday, May 9, 2022 7:30 pm Premiership 2022


IPSWICH shocked Wolverhampton with a 48-42 win at Monmore Green to make it two successive victories at the start of the Premiership campaign.

Jason Doyle led the charge for the Witches, who produced a solid all-round effort in the Black Country, with the former World Champion winning his first four rides to score 13 points.

Wolves struggled to cover for the injured Ryan Douglas, who was out with a neck injury, and their only mild consolation was a 5-1 from Sam Masters (11+1) and Nick Morris (10+2) in Heat 15 to deny the visitors the fourth league point.

Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins said: “We leave Wolves really happy, and we have started the campaign with two wins out of two.

“I don’t think many people will win at Wolves this year; I can’t see them losing many at home, so to get three points is a massive bonus.

“Doyley was terrific, he wasn’t making starts and was passing and providing some great racing. Right through the team we performed, down at reserve Starkey (Paul Starke) was superb and six of our seven riders won races, so we had a team of race winners.”

Wolves manager Peter Adams said: “Obviously we were weakened with Dougy being absent because he’s been in fantastic form.

“So we had that to contend with, Sam has got a dose of the flu or something so that restricted him a bit, so it was a tough night.

“Ipswich acquitted themselves very well though, and this must be one of their best performances on the road for a long time.”

WOLVERHAMPTON 42: Sam Masters 11+1, Nick Morris 10+2, Drew Kemp 6+2, Steve Worrall 6+1, Luke Becker 4, Thomas Jorgensen 3, Joe Thompson 2+1.
IPSWICH 48: Jason Doyle 13, Danny King 8, Paul Starke 7, Erik Riss 6+1, Ben Barker 6+1, Troy Batchelor 6+1, Danyon Hume 2.

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