Saturday April 23, 2016
BIRMINGHAM are through to the National Trophy final after a tremendous 51-39 win at Stoke.

The Surestop Brummies put in another brilliant performance to mathematically confirm the top spot in their Northern group and maintain their perfect start to the 2016 season.

It was a solid showing from the Perry Barr outfit as they ran just five last places to come out in top at Loomer Road.

Team manager Graham Drury was delighted to see his talented young side continue their confident start to the campaign with another hard-fought victory.

Drury said: “Fair play to Stoke, they rode well early on but at the critical times the riders pulled out rides that were needed. I can’t single anyone out because yet again everyone has played their part from 1-7.

“To go through the National Trophy campaign completely unbeaten both home and away is a great achievement.

“There is a confidence within the club at the moment that is great to see, and we hope to carry that into our National League campaign as well.”

Skipper Tom Perry led by example with a classy double figure score, whilst young gun Jack Parkinson-Blackburn continued his remarkable form at reserve to bag double figures.

Tom Bacon added two race wins in the middle order, whilst Danyon Hume improved as the meeting progressed to go unbeaten in his final two rides.

No.1 Zach Watjknecht, guest Luke Priest and reserve Jack Smith also earned a paid win apiece and put in solid performances to ensure the visitors secured all four points.

STOKE 39: Ben Wilson 13, Tony Atkin 12+1, Danny Phillips 8+2, Chris Widman 3, Shaun Tedham 2+1, Joe Lawlor 1, Kevin Whelan 0.

BIRMINGHAM 51: Tom Perry 12+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 10+1, Tom Bacon 9, Zach Wajtknecht 7+1, Danyon Hume 6+2, Luke Priest 4+3, Jack Smith 3+1.


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