Sunday August 05, 2007
BRUMMIES boss Graham Drury had a happy return to his old club Mildenhall with his new team Birmingham returning home with a well-deserved 48-42 victory against the Fen Tigers.

It was a very satisfying performance from the Brummies and they had to do it without the services of Henrik Moller who was competing in the Nordic Championship. Birmingham operated rider-replacement and the remaining Brummie riders took on the extra responsibility to produce the goods and also held their nerve when they needed to in the closing races.

Not for the first time Hauzinger proved to be a trump card at reserve, top-scoring with a 14 (paid 15) point haul, and Ulrich Ostergaard backed him up with 12, followed by Jason Lyons with 11 (paid 12).

Ostergaard and Ben Powell got the Brummies off to a flyer with a 5-1 in heat 1 and although Mildenhall immediately drew level in heat 2, Birmingham took the lead again with a Hauzinger and Sanchez five-pointer in heat 4.

The Fen Tigers pulled a couple of points back in heat 5, but a 5-1 in heat 7 from Lyons and Hauzinger increased the Brummies lead to 27-21. Over the next few races the Fen Tigers chipped away at the Birmingham lead and subsequently cut their lead to just two-points (40-38) with two races to go.

Hauzinger and Sanchez put the Brummies 44-40 up with a 4-2 in heat 14, which meant Birmingham just had to avoid conceding a 5-1 in heat 15 to clinch a valuable away win. The large band of travelling Brummies supporters needn’t have worried though, as when the tapes rose Ostergaard and Lyons raced to a 4-2 over Kyle Legault and Tom P Madsen to clinch the Premier League points for the Brummies.

MILDENHALL: Kyle Legault 12+1, Tomas Suchanek 9, Tom P Madsen 7, Paul Fry 6, Shaun Tacey 4+3, Mark Baseby 2+1, Jason King 2

BIRMINGHAM: Manuel Hauzinger 14+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 12, Jason Lyons 11+1, Emiliano Sanchez 9+2, Ben Powell 2+1, Lee Smart 0, Henrik Moller R/R

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