Elite League Speedway: Pool Pirates beat Coventry Bees 49-41 at Wimborne Road
Poole Pirates beat Coventry Bees 49-41 to claim maximum points from their home clash at Wimborne Road.
Last Updated: 16/04/14 3:47pm
The reigning Elite League champions were pushed hard by their visitors, but pulled away in the last few heats to make it two wins from two at the start of the new campaign.
Maciej Janowski led the way for Poole as he returned a maximum 15 points from his five rides, including a crucial win in the very last heat to ensure that Coventry left with nothing.
The Bees made a positive start as Ryan Palmer held off Chris Holder - standing in for the Pirates on a month-long deal in place of the injured Darcy Ward - to claim a 4-2.
But Janowski won heat three by the same score to level matters and then combined with Holder for a 5-1 in the fifth that saw Poole stretch into a 17-13 lead.
However, Coventry duo Hans Andersen and Chris Harris responded in kind in the next as the battling Bees hauled themselves straight back on terms.
Indeed, when Kenneth Hansen took advantage of a last-lap fall by leader Przemyslaw Pawlicki to score another 5-1 in heat eight with Fisher, the visitors moved back into the lead at 25-23.
A Josh Grajczonek victory in heat ten saw Poole square the match once again and when Janowski and Pawlicki combined for a 4-2 in the next they reclaimed a lead they would not surrender again.
Vaclav Milik and the impressive Kyle Newman teamed up for a 5-1 in heat 14 that confirmed overall victory for Poole, while Janowski held off Andersen and Hansen in the last to guarantee that his side took maximum points.
Elsewhere, a last heat 5-1 for King's Lynn gave them an away point at Wolverhampton who won 47-42 at Monmore Green.
Wolves had hit a 5-1 of their own in Heat 14, and that looked to have sealed maximum league points for the home side - but Danish duo Kenneth Bjerre and Niels Kristian Iversen took the chequered flag in the final race for the visitors.
Polish ace Piotr Pawlicki top-scored for the home side with paid 12, with world champion Tai Woffinden struggling with 6+2.
Bjerre (11+1) and Iversen (10+1) top-scored for the Stars, who tasted defeat for the first time this season whilst Wolves maintain their 100 per cent record.
Belle Vue claimed their first win of the season in comfortable fashion at Kirkmanshulme Lane as they beat Leicester Lions 56-35.
The Aces were never behind and never looked like dropping points against Leicester, who struggled to keep pace with the home side with only Jason Doyle (11) offering any real resistance.
Scott Nicholls' impressive start to the season continued with paid 13, but there were no real weak links for the Aces with their whole top-five scoring heavily.