Pirates complete incredible second half comeback to take points advantage to Ipswich. 29th September 2019
Poole Pirates completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in play-off history, after at one stage overturning a 12-point deficit, to take a ten point advantage into Saturday’s second leg of their semi-final at Ipswich.
With pre-meeting rain affecting the track, the opening two heats were shared, with Pirates Ricky Wells picking up a crucial point despite starting off a 15-metre handicap. The Witches gradually started to adopt to the testing conditions by picking up back to back maximum heat advantages. Ipswich picked up another 5-1 maximum through Richard Lawson and Chris Harris in heat seven. Jake Allen then won heat eight to give the visitors a firm grip of the meeting by leading by 30-18, having won six of the opening eight heats.
Enter Poole Team Manager Neil Middleditch to arrange a team meeting, that clearly had it’s desired effect.
Nicolai Klindt and Josh Grajczonek jetted out of the start of the next heat to pick up Pirates first heat maximum of the night. Any comeback Poole had hoped for were soon extinguished with Chris Harris winning heat ten to pick up a 4-2 to increase the Witches lead back to ten points.
Poole looked a beaten team, but incredibly won the final five heats of the night with 5-1 maximums. Jack Holder and Tomas H Jonasson started the ball rolling in heat 11, before Jonasson partnered Klindt in the next heat for another maximum after Harris was excluded from the race for causing the stoppage of the race.
The next heat saw Brady Kurtz and Holder complete another 1-2 to give Poole the lead for the first time in the meeting. Amazingly the next heat produced another maximum heat advantage thanks to Jonasson and Grajczonek to give Pirates a six-point lead. The comeback was complete when Kurtz teamed up with Holder for the final maximum of the night to give Poole a win on the evening by 50-40 and a ten point advantage going into Saturday’s second leg.
H Jonasson 10+1
Kristian Iversen 7
Despite the advantage of ten points, Pirates hopes of reaching the play-off final were dashed when Ipswich turned around a ten point deficit to complete a 54-36 victory on the night to run out 94-86 on aggregate.