Thursday August 30, 2012
HOT Italian prospect Nicolas Covatti was the matchwinner for Birmingham in their tense 48-45 Elite League win over rivals Wolverhampton at Perry Barr.

The result leaves the Selco Brummies still in the hunt for a Play-Off spot but they dropped a point as they failed to win by more than six.

Covatti, who only joined the club a fortnight ago on the recommendation of top FIM official and former World Finalist Armando Castagna, notched 9+2 at reserve to lead the Birmingham scorecard.

The visitors relied heavily on Swedish GP star Freddie Lindgren along with fellow big hitters Tai Woffinden and Nicolai Klindt. Clever use of the tactical ride and a late rally say them pinch a point.

Selco Brummies team boss Phil Morris said: "It's disappointing not to get all three points but I suppose we have to take the positives.

"I suppose we were lucky that we had Nicolas Covatti really tonight as without him we probably would have lost! He gave a fine performance and I take a lot of personal satisfaction of of that because of the effort I put in bringing the lad here."

SELCO BRUMMIES 48: Nicolas Covatti 9+2, Ben Barker 9, Bjarne Pedersen 8, Josh Auty 7+1, Danny King 7+1, Seb Ulamek 6, Martin Smolinski 2+1.

WOLVERHAMPTON 45: Tai Woffinden 13, Freddie Lindgren 12+2, Nicolai Klindt 11, Pontus Aspgren 5, Ty Proctor 3+2, Thomas Jorgensen 1+1, Ashley Morris 0.

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