Sunday August 26, 2007
BRUMMIES' play-off hopes were hit when they were beaten 46-43 by Premier League leaders King's Lynn in the cruellest of circumstances at Perry Barr.

The home side looked set to edge a victory when they led 42-41 with one heat to go, but disaster struck at the start of the decider when captain Jason Lyons failed to leave the start-line with mechanical trouble.

Henning Bager was out-gated by Stars' top two Tomas Topinka and Daniel Nermark allowing the reigning champions to take another away win.

It was harsh on the Brummies, who had been hit by misfortune as early as Heat 2 when Ben Powell ground to a halt and Lee Smart, having brilliantly worked his way to the front, crashed heavily on the back straight to hand King's Lynn a 5-0.

Manuel Hauzinger was involved in 5-1s in both of his first two rides as the Brummies fought back to lead, but a fall for the Austrian in Heat 11 put the Stars back in control with a three-point advantage.

Lyons, with his third straight win, took Heat 12 with Powell third to narrow the gap to a single point, a margin which went in Birmingham's favour two races later even though Paul Lee managed to split Powell and Henrik Moller on the finish-line.

Hauzinger, whose fast gating had been more than useful for the Brummies, was ineligible for Heat 15, and Lyons' cruel luck at the start turned an incident-filled meeting King's Lynn's way one final time leaving the home side to rue their misfortune.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 11, Ben Powell 9+2, Manuel Hauzinger 9, Henning Bager 8+4, Henrik Moller 5+1, Lee Smart 1, Emiliano Sanchez r/r.

KING'S LYNN: Daniel Nermark 13+1, Tomas Topinka 11, Chris Mills 9+2, Paul Lee 4+1, James Brundle 3+1, Benji Compton 3, Trevor Harding 3.

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