Sunday April 17, 2016
BIRMINGHAM made it four wins from four in all competitions with a 52-37 triumph at Buxton in the National Trophy.

After three comprehensive home victories, the Surestop Brummies emerged from their first away meeting with all four points to all but secure the top spot in their group.

The result moves them 10 points clear of Stoke, who would need maximum points from their final three fixtures to move onto level terms.

However, the Brummies’ emphatic points difference makes them practically impossible to catch as they prepare to travel to Loomer Road to face the Potters in their final group stage fixture next Saturday, March 23 (7pm).

It was another fine all-around team display from Graham Drury’s side – and team manager Drury was delighted to all but book their place in the final after another tremendous performance.

He said: “This result means that after having three meetings in the National Trophy we are now pretty much in the final which is nice.

“It was another good performance and after winning all our home meetings comfortably it was great to get a victory in our first away meeting as well.

“A lot of hype was put out regarding the Birmingham team before the start of the season, and at this stage it seems although that was justified.

“As I’m sure every manager would say, it’s a long old season and we haven’t started our league campaign yet so we can’t get too carried away.

“However, as far as the National Trophy goes it’s been an excellent start and long may it continue!”

Jack Parkinson-Blackburn and Zach Wajtknecht both roared to four wins apiece from their five rides to lead Graham Drury’s side in impeccable fashion.

15-year-old Parkinson-Blackburn was only denied what would have been a well-deserved full maximum as he was left trailing in the final race, but it was nonetheless a memorable performance against his former club.

Darryl Ritchings also suffered just one defeat from his four rides, whilst Tom Bacon and Tom Perry both tasted race wins with solid performances.

Danyon Hume and Jack Smith chipped in with pivotal contributions as the Brummies emerged from Hi-Edge Raceway with a hard-earned win.

Birmingham will kick-off their National League title defence as they take on local rivals Cradley at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

BUXTON 37: Ryan Blacklock 13+1, Oliver Greenwood 8, Tom Woolley 6+2, Shelby Rutherford 6, Lee Geary 3, Ryan Burton 1+1, Jade Mudgway r/r.

BIRMINGHAM 52: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 12, Zach Wajtknecht 12, Tom Perry 8, Darryl Ritchings 7+2, Tom Bacon 7+1, Danyon Hume 3, Jack Smith 3.

National Trophy points: Buxton 0 Birmingham 4


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