Poole Ready Power Pirates were put to the sword by Wolverhampton and went down 38-55 and have crucially lost the services of inspirational reserve Kyle Newman for Wednesday's return fixture at Wimborne Road.
Defending league champions Poole had to settle for a hard earned draw against in-form Belle Vue Aces, a result that has left the Pirates with just one home win from three Wimborne Road league meetings so far this season.
Poole captain Maciej Janowski has been ruled out of the Pirates home meeting against Blee Vue on Wednesday (29th April) and will also miss the lub's Bank Holiday trip to Wolverhampton after it was revealed he has two broken bones in his knee.
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FIM Jury statement regarding the 2015 LOTTO Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland:
After consultation with the riders and appropriate officials involved, the meeting unfortunately cannot continue on the grounds of safety. The result will stand.
Coventry boss Gsry Havelock warned that his Bees' side were seeking revenge for last Friday's Pirates' raid at Coventry and the former Poole captain was true to his word as for the second successive season the Midland's side broke into fortress Wimborne Road and left with league bounty.
The Dorset side got off to a storming start in this early season top of the table clash at Coventry with three maximum heat scores inside the first four heats to give themselves something to defend against a Bees' mid-meeting onslaught, as the injury jinx struck again for the Ready Power Pirates.
Poole extended their unbeaten home form to 14 matches as they turned round a four point deficit to run-out convincing winners by 53-39 against the Lakeside Hammers.
Poole opened their league title defence with maximum points against a Swindon side thwarted by injury. The Robins lost the services of the three riders during the course of the evening and the Bank Holiday Monday fixture was abandoned after 13 completed heats due to lack of emergency cover.
This morning's planned Elite league opener meeting against Swindon M&S Van Rental Robins has been postponed due to a waterlogged track and continued morning rain. Tonight's return at Swindon currently remains on
Season Starts March 2018 (for 2017 table click here)