Sunday June 26, 2016
BIRMINGHAM’S stunning season continued with a 61-29 demolition of neighbours Coventry Storm at Brandon on Sunday.

And it was the perfect tonic ahead of Monday’s deciding leg of the National Trophy Final at Kent where they lead by four-points – particularly as Tom Perry (shoulder) and Tom Bacon (foot) returned to the side after nasty injuries and a month on the treatment table.

Delighted manager Graham Drury said: "This was not only a huge National League four points but it's the perfect way to build us up ahead of the massive National Trophy Final at Kent.

"Every single rider was superb and it was a stunning performance from the team.

"What was very pleasing also was the performance of the two Toms (Perry and Bacon) who only came back from injury today.

"They looked very, very sharp and hopefully it bodes well for the rest of the season."
Wednesday's home meeting against Kent saw No.1 Zach Wajtknecht register his lowest score of the season.

However, the 18-year-old responded in near perfect fashion, dropping just one point as Australian rider Mitchell Davey denied him a maximum in the final race of the day.

Experienced racer Perry and Coventry-based Bacon both enjoyed a stunning return as Perry played a true captain's role by chipping in with a paid maximum and Bacon reached paid double figures for the first time since the opening meeting.

Darryl Ritchings impressed against his former club while Danyon Hume recovered from an exclusion in his first outing to end with back-to-back race wins.

Reserve duo Jack Smith – fresh from a trip to Prague to watch the Grand Prix - and Jack Parkinson-Blackburn continued their excellent run of form to complete a brilliant all-round team effort.

A full preview of the trip to Sittingbourne to face Kent will be issued by the club on Monday morning.

COVENTRY 29: Mitchell Davey 10+1, Liam Carr 7, Ryan Terry-Daley 6, Callum Walker 3, Dan Greenwood 2, Robert Walker 1+1, Conor Dwyer R/R.

BIRMINGHAM 61: Zach Wajtknecht 14, Tom Perry 10+2, Darryl Ritchings 9+2, Tom Bacon 8+2, Jack Smith 7+2, Danyon Hume 7, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 6+1.


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