Wednesday July 20, 2016
BIRMINGHAM pulled further clear at the top of the Travel Plus National League with a comprehensive 56-34 win at home to Stoke.

The Surestop Brummies displayed another dominant team performance as they extended their lead to seven points over their third tier rivals.

Despite another comfortable victory at Perry Barr, team manager Graham Drury insists there's still more to come from his side.

"I seem to say similar things each meeting but every single one of our riders from one to seven were superb tonight and it was another good win," said Drury.

"What I think it is important to do is look at the progress of the team at this stage of the season and as a team we're getting stronger and stronger.

"Our lower order riders have improved drastically while our heat leaders are maintaining their solid averages.

"It's another three welcome points and now we go to Stoke on Saturday looking to add to our tally."

In-form reserve Jack Smith was cruelly denied his first ever paid maximum on another breathtaking night from the 17-year-old.

The Brummies No.6 went unbeaten by an opposition rider in his four programmed outings, producing one of the individual rides of the season to blast his way around Stoke No.1 Ben Wilson on the run to the line in heat 11.

Smith could have settled for a programmed paid max but wanted to achieve it in style. Unfortunately, he missed out from the gate in heat 15 but still secured a fully deserved Ductair Electrics Ltd Rider of the Night award.

Danyon Hume reached double figures for the first time in six meetings as he secured three impressive race wins.

Tom Perry will feel he could have added even more than the eight points he managed while Zach Wajtknecht made another solid contribution, starting his night off with two heat victories.

Darryl Ritchings rounded off a steady night with a confidence boosting ride as he took the chequered flag in heat 14 while Jack Parkinson-Blackburn were well worthy of the six points they each contributed.

The Surestop Brummies head to Loomer Road on Saturday as they target another win over the Potters.

BIRMINGHAM 56: Jack Smith 11+1, Danyon Hume 10+1, Tom Perry 8+1, Zach Wajtknecht 8, Darryl Ritchings 7, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 6+3, Tom Bacon 6+1.

STOKE 34: Ben Wilson 12, Ben Hopwood 10, Tony Atkin 7, Danny Phillips 3, Chris Hay 1+1, Paul Burnett 1, Shaun Tedham R/R.

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