Thursday June 02, 2011
BIRMINGHAM made it five successive home victories in the Elite League with a solid all-round effort to defeat Coventry in another terrific contest at Perry Barr.

A huge crowd packed in to witness the appearance of the Bees’ recent signing Emil Sayfutdinov, and the Russian showed exactly why he is such hot property with a 14-point show.

But whilst Sayfutdinov gained good support from Edward Kennett, the Brummies had much greater strength in depth and they recovered well from the shock of conceding a 5-1 in the first race.

A major plus point was the paid-14 haul of reserve Claus Vissing, who was fast and consistent, whilst new skipper Danny King also made an impressive return to his home track after his injury absence.

Brummies led by six points into the closing stages and maintained it when Kennett caused Daniel Nermark to crash in Heat 11, resulting in the Coventry captain’s disqualification, but a 5-1 from Sayfutdinov and Kennett in Heat 13 increased the pressure.

However, King and Vissing combined for a superb 5-1 over Bees guest Ty Proctor in Heat 14 to make match victory safe – and when King and Ben Barker shot away from the start in Heat 15, the Brummies looked set to take all three points from the meeting.

As things turned out, Sayfutdinov and Kennett went past King on the second lap to limit the home side to two, with the Bees taking one, but it was still a magnificent race victory by Barker to head Sayfutdinov over the line.

BIRMINGHAM 48: Claus Vissing 10+4, Ben Barker 10, Daniel King 8+2, Daniel Nermark 8, James Wright 6+2, Krzysztof Kasprzak 6+1, Ales Dryml r/r.

COVENTRY 42: Emil Sayfutdinov 14, Edward Kennett 12+2, Ryan Fisher 7, Ty Proctor 6, Richard Sweetman 3+1, Todd Kurtz 0, Przemek Pawlicki r/r.

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