Thursday June 07, 2007
BIRMINGHAM are through to the Premier Trophy Final thanks to a 58-35 win over injury-ravaged Rye House - 96-87 on aggregate.

The last six races of the Perry Barr tie saw the Rockets have just one rider as Tommy Allen, Tai Woffinden and Chris Neath were all ruled out with different knocks.

Former Wolves man Neath was taken to hospital with a back injury, Allen suffered a knock to the knee and Woffinden has fractured fingers.

Rockets fans wanted the meeting abandoned and club owner Len Silver asked referee Dan Holt if the meeting should continue as they ran out of riders and the 14-point first leg deficit suffered by the Brummies was soon wiped out.

British youngster Steve Boxall claimed six-points from a winning tactical ride, but it was never likely to be enough as the Hoddesdon side ran out of options.

Birmingham piled on the agony as they took full advantage of the situation to go through to a national final in their first season back in the sport after an absence of over 20-years and they will face either King's Lynn or Glasgow.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 12, Ulrich Ostergaard 11, Emiliano Sanchez 10+2, Lee Smart 8+2, Ben Powell 8+2, Jon Armstrong 5+2, Aidan Collins 4+3.
RYE HOUSE: Steve Boxall 16+1, Adam Roynon 10, Luke Bowen 6, Chris Neath 3, Tommy Allen 0, Tai Woffinden 0, Ray Morton R/R.

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