|Date||Tapes Up||Competition||Season||Additional Info|
|Monday, September 4, 2023||7:30 pm||Sports Insure Premiership R2||2023||Leicester beat Wolverhampton 7-2 in Super Heat|
LEICESTER moved to the brink of the Sports Insure Premiership play-offs by taking two league points on a night of high drama at Wolverhampton.
The sides ‘drew’ 45-45 after 15 races for the second time this season at Monmore, with Max Fricke completing a 15-point maximum for the Lions by passing home skipper Sam Masters on the last lap of Heat 15.
Fricke then teamed up with Richard Lawson against Masters and Ryan Douglas in the Super Heat to add a priceless additional point to the Lions’ tally.
They drop to fifth in the table after Ipswich took maximum points at King’s Lynn – but the result now means they only need the aggregate point from their trip to Peterborough on Thursday, where they start with a 24-point advantage.
Leicester boss Stewart Dickson said: “I think we deserved it, I thought we were the better team tonight whereas a few weeks ago we kind of threw it away.
“It takes two good teams for a good meeting, and obviously we had to go for it. It was a bold decision to go with Richard in the Super Heat but he was angry after the disqualification (in Heat 13) – and Max was exceptional, he almost stopped on the top bend to protect Richard.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance on Thursday night at Peterborough, and now we need to grab it. We need to do a solid, steady, professional job there, but Peterborough are a much-improved side now, so we still know it’s going to be very tough.”
Wolves manager Peter Adams said: “It was a fantastic match. Leicester obviously came very determined to get the points they needed – and they did courtesy of that Super Heat.
“There were one or two disappointing performances in our team and that’s where the points were lost.
“After 15 heats it was a draw though, so our unbeaten home record is intact and we’re the only team in this league to achieve that this year.”
WOLVERHAMPTON 45: Sam Masters 9+1, Ryan Douglas 8+4, Luke Becker 8+1, Steve Worrall 8, Zach Cook 7, Leon Flint 3+1, Rory Schlein 2+1.
LEICESTER 45: Max Fricke 15, Drew Kemp 11+1, Lewis Kerr 8+1, Richard Lawson 5, Richie Worrall 3+1, Justin Sedgmen 2, Jake Allen 1.
Leicester beat Wolverhampton 7-2 in Super Heat
Wolverhampton win the aggregate point
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Photo credit: STEVE FEENEY