Saturday October 10, 2015
BIRMINGHAM's season ended in defeat as an understrength side went down 52-37 at Eastbourne.

Following Wednesday's first leg four-point loss, the Surestop Brummies always faced an uphill task and missed out on the Gold Cup after a 99-80 aggregate defeat.

Team manager Graham Drury says his side shouldn't dwell on the results too much after what has been a memorable season for the Perry Barr outfit.

"Full congratulations to Eastbourne - they were the better side over the two legs and fully deserved to win this competition.

"When they qualified for the Gold Cup they were always going to be the favourites and full credit to them.

"They've had a fantastic season like ourselves and are a powerful team especially at home.

"Our lads gave it their all and it was another good experience for all of them.

"Eastbourne may have won the Gold Cup over four meetings but we won the league over a longer period of time and showed in our 18 league matches we deserved to be Champions.

"It's been an unforgettable year and we're really looking forward to seeing everyone together at our End Of Season presentation night in a few weeks time."

Adam Ellis eased his way to double-figures one final time in Birmingham colours, only being denied another full maximum after blowing his engine whilst leading the opening heat. He also broke the Arlington track record as he showed his National League superiority once again.

Captain Tom Perry impressed with some classy rides on one of his least favourite circuits.

Danny Ayres gave it his all once again on another mixed night for the Kent racer.

Jack Smith's gating was a particular highlight yet again and his effort cannot be faulted, especially after pushing his machine home for a point for almost a whole lap in his one outing.

Adam Kirby picked up four-points as he claimed the tag of Birmingham's only ever present rider in 2015 while 15-year-old Jack Parkinson Blackburn certainly learnt plenty from another meeting of experience in the third tier.

EASTBOURNE 52: Richard Andrews 12+3, Bradley Wilson-Dean 11+1, Ben Hopwood 9, Marc Owen 8+1, Daniel Spiller 8, Kelsey Dugard 4+3, Georgie Wood 0.

BIRMINGHAM 37: Adam Ellis 12, Tom Perry 10, Danny Ayres 6, Jack Smith 4+1, Adam Kirby 4, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 1+1, Sam Chapman r/r.

Eastbourne win 99-80 on aggregate.

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