Thursday March 29, 2012
BIRMINGHAM slipped to a home defeat after being outgunned by neighbours Coventry in the Midland League on Thursday.

The Selco Brummies were beaten by an impressive-looking Bees outfit and only managed to provide two heat winners – both from skipper Danny King – throughout the meeting.

Both sides were missing their No.1 riders due to this weekend’s New Zealand Grand Prix, but Birmingham were clearly hit hard by the absence of Josh Auty at reserve, where former Brummies man Henning Bager enjoyed a productive evening for the visitors.

Kenni Larsen also displayed his liking for Perry Barr dating back to his Premier League days with Newcastle, as the Danish duo offered good support to the Bees’ top pair of Scott Nicholls and Edward Kennett.

After a sluggish start to the meeting, Brummies deployed Martin Smolinski on a tactical ride in Heat 8 – but he was beaten by Bager and limited to four points, although a 5-1 from King and Ben Barker in Heat 9 briefly raised Brummies hopes and cut the gap to six.

King followed up with a rapid win over Larsen and Kennett in Heat 10 but that was as good as it got, with the Bees then going clear to leave the Brummies looking to iron out their problems ahead of the serious business of Elite League action next week.

King said: “As a team it was very disappointing, we all know that it wasn’t good enough and we’ve had a meeting afterwards to talk about what needs to be done. We know we have to get it right against Swindon.”

BIRMINGHAM 38: Danny King 10+2, Ben Barker 10+1, Martin Smolinski 8, Sebastian Ulamek 5+1, Chris Mills 4+2, Ritchie Hawkins 1+1, Bjarne Pedersen R/R.

COVENTRY 54: Scott Nicholls 16, Edward Kennett 13+2, Kenni Larsen 12+2, Henning Bager 11+2, Lee Complin 1, Jan Graversen 1, Chris Harris R/R.

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