Wednesday September 19, 2012
BIRMINGHAM are through to the Elite League play-offs for the first time in their history – despite a 46-44 defeat at home to Swindon on Wednesday.

The Selco Brummies were in control for the majority of a thrilling encounter but a last gasp Robins 5-1 denies them.

It’s a stunning achievement for the Perry Barr side in the first season under ambitious club owners Chris Luty and Alan Phillips.

Team Manager Phil Morris said: “I probably have the same emotions as I did against Poole on Monday really - we did well but not well enough and they came back at the end.

“We started well this time and then drifted off at the end so it is difficult to know what to do with the riding order.

“The positive is that we are in the play-offs now. Forget everything that has gone on, we now have two massive meetings to concentrate on.”

The sides will meet again at Perry Barr on Monday with the return in Wiltshire on October 1.

After Selco Brummies dominated, Swindon launched a brilliant comeback to move level in heat 12 before condemning the Perry Barr men to defeat in front of their home fans with a 5-1 in Heat 15.

Reserves Martin Smolinski and Nicolas Covatti made good contributions, as did Sebastian Ulamek and Josh Auty.

However, Ben Barker and Danny King both faded in the latter stages – and with No.1 Bjarne Pedersen out of form they just fell short.

BIRMINGHAM 44: Sebastian Ulamek 10, Danny King 7, Bjarne Pedersen 6+2, Josh Auty 6, Nicolas Covatti 6, Martin Smolinski 5+2, Ben Barker 4+1.

SWINDON 46: Troy Batchelor 15+1, Peter Kildemand 13+2, Sebastian Alden 10+1, Simon Stead 4+1, Nick Morris 4, Dawid Lampart 0, Hans Andersen R/R.

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