Sunday July 29, 2007
BIRMINGHAM wasted home advantage in the first leg of speedway's Premier Trophy Final as they slumped to a 51-39 defeat at the hands of a rampant King's Lynn side.

Prolific points scorer Ulrich Ostergaard was ruled out after failing a late fitness on the back injury he sustained at Redcar on Thursday - and this proved costly for the Perry Barr side as his points gleaned only four-points from four outings shared amongst his colleagues under the rider-replacement facility. Ostergaard's lowest home score so far this season is 9.

Birmingham managed only four race wins in the 15 heats - two less than the immaculate Tomas Topinka for King's Lynn who piled up 18-points in the number one racejacket and was never troubled.

A big crowd and some rare summer sunshine created a good atmosphere in the build-up to the meeting, but this was soon dampened when the Norfolk outfit scored a 5-1 in the opening race - and the closest Birmingham could get after that was four-points behind with three races to go.

But the visitors gained two maximums from the last three races to give the final score a more emphatic look - and it leaves Birmingham needing a sporting miracle to lift the silverware in the return next month.

BIRMINGHAM: Manuel Hauzinger 11+1, Jason Lyons 11, Emiliano Sanchez 6+2, Ben Powell 4+1, Lee Smart 4+1, Henrik Moller 3+1, Ulrich Ostergaard R/R.
KING'S LYNN: Tomas Topinka 18, Daniel Nermark 13+1, Trevor Harding 9+1, Chris Mills 8+2, James Brundle 2, Benji Compton 1+1, Paul Lee R/R.

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