NEXT UP: WOLVERHAMPTON v POOLE - MONDAY 17TH JULY
With 16 straight home victories behind them Wolverhampton Wolves provide the next obstacle for the VOLVO CARS POOLE PIRATES when the two sides meet at Monmore Green on Monday (17th July).
The Pirates have again made a team structure change with Finn Timo Lahti set to make his club debut, signed as a replacement for Nicolai Klindt after the Dane dispensed with his brave attempt to ride through the pain barrier after suffering serious knee ligament damage.
However, the inclusion of Lahti will probably not be the biggest focus as the Pirates will be keen to see if number one Krzysztof Kasprzak can rekindle the kind of form he was signed for at the start of the season.
Since returning from injury last week he has only posted scores of five and six and gained a 'warning' from Poole promoter Matt Ford who stated "he (Kryzsztof) really needs to get back into the groove very quickly. We have an active schedule ahead of us and it is important that we not only consolidate our play-off position but can then step it up to win the title. He was brought in to do a job that he and I believe he is capable of but the fact the he has only recorded double figures once for us this term is a real concern. He finished third on Saturday in the European championship in Gustrow so I am really hoping he can build on that for us."
Kasprzak scored just 5 points in Poole's Elite Shield visit to Wolverhampton back in March, a meeting in which they relied heavily on Nicolai Klindt's 16 point haul from the reserves but with Richie Worrall, Lahti and Paul Starke now in the Pirates side it will be a very much changed look from the team that went down 40-50 on that occasion,
The Dorset side reclaimed their third place in the table on Thursday following their shock four-point haul against a controversial King's Lynn team, but as they enter their second half of the season the Pirates are only too aware that there is mounting pressure from the chasing pack as the SGB Premiership sides are battling for a top-four finish to secure a play-off place.
Wolves missed out on the chance of displacing Belle Vue at the top of the table on Saturday night, when for the second time this season they lost at Rye House (48-42), a result that gave them a consolation point to move them to within a point of top place
Wolverhampton: Kyle Howarth, Freddie Lindgren (capt), Sam Masters, Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorrsell, Max Clegg (Guest), Nathan Greaves. (Team Manager: Peter Adams)
Poole: Hans Andersen (capt), Jack Holder, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Timo Lahti, Richie Worrall, James Shanes, Paul Starke, (Team Manager: Neil Middleditch)
11/09 PIRATES 44 SWINDON 46
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)