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Speedway: Wolves slip as Crump's last-heat class counts.

Byline: By David Rowe

Wolverhampton started their important Easter programme of Craven Shield fixtures with a narrow 49-44 defeat in a last-heat decider at Kirkmanshulme Lane yesterday lunchtime.

Former world champion Jason Crump secured the win for the Aces as he got the better of Niels-Kristian Iversen in heat 15, with the evergreen Joe Screen providing insurance for the home side, who had entered the race three points ahead.

Crump and Screen had combined for maximum points in heat 13, an outcome which appeared to have put Wolves out of contention as they trailed by ten points at that stage.

However, Nicolai Klindt was nominated as a tactical ride for double points in heat 14 and his 8-1 with fellow Dane Kenneth Hansen put the match right back into the melting pot.

Ales Dryml impressed again on one of his least favourite circuits, even taking a stunning win in heat one over Crump after captain Fredrik Lindgren, who had a disappointing meeting, fell on the first bend.

Klindt was unlucky to fall on the last lap of heat nine when holding a 5-1 position with David Howe over Charlie Gjedde, although that misfortune was cancelled out by Billy Forsberg's engine failure in the next race which handed Iversen and Hansen a shared heat.

BELLE VUE: Jason Crump 14, Joe Screen 12+1, Charlie Gjedde 10, Steve Boxall 5, Billy Forsberg 4+3, Lukasz Jankowski 2+2, Michal Rajkowski 2.

WOLVES: Niels-Kristian Iversen 11, Ales Dryml 9+1, Nicolai Klindt 9, David Howe 7, Kenneth Hansen 4+3, Fredrik Lindgren 3+1, Christian Hefenbrock 1.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 22, 2008
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