Wednesday August 08, 2012
SELCO Birmingham Brummies pulled off a priceless 55-35 victory over fourth placed Lakeside at Perry Barr to give their play-off hopes a massive boost.

The home side moved six points clear thanks to 5-1s in Heats 2 and 3, before a pair of consecutive 4-2s in Heats 5 and 6 saw them extend that leading position.

A Heat 9 maximum put the Brummies firmly in control, before four heat advantages in the final four races ensured that they ended the night in style and sent their loyal supporters home happy.

With Danny King again missing through injury, Ben Barker stepped in as skipper and continued his superb form with a score of 12+2, whilst Bjarne Pedersen was involved in three 5-1s in an excellent performance from the No.1 jacket.

Sebastian Ulamek also made double figures – and with that all-important top three firing they were always in good shape.

However, Josh Auty and Martin Smolinski both made solid contributions to ensure Birmingham took all three Elite League points, whilst guesting Jan Graversen did a good job at reserve to complete a solid team performance.

Manager Phil Morris said: "It was a vital win. We knew we had to get three points tonight. It is never really life or death at this stage of the season but I think getting maximum points tonight was pretty much vitally important in keeping our play-off chances well and truly alive.

"We have got three massive away meetings now coming up at Swindon, Poole and Lakeside. The two top teams and the trickiest track in the league, so if we can get any points out of those meetings it will be great."

BIRMINGHAM 55: Ben Barker 14+2, Bjarne Pedersen 13+2, Seb Ulamek 11, Martin Smolinski 7+1, Josh Auty 6, Jan Graversen 4, Danny King R/R.

LAKESIDE 35: Davey Watt 7+1, Peter Karlsson 7+1, Kauko Nieminen 7+1, Kim Nilsson 4+1, Jonas Davidsson 4, Robert Mear 4, Justin Sedgmen 2.

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