Sunday July 31, 2016
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury was full of praise for his side after their 54-36 victory at Rye House.

The Surestop Brummies, who were without top stars Zach Wajtknecht and Tom Perry, pulled off another stunning team performance to pull further clear at the top of the Travel Plus National League.

After a 90 minute delay, due to the Premier League fixture between Rye House and Somerset overrunning, Drury insists his side deserve even more credit for their performance.

"The whole situation was far from ideal," said Drury.

"We were left hanging around and waiting and when we did get on track, conditions overall were tricky and poor.

"I'm not a fan of double headers, especially when you're a part of the second meeting.

"But despite all of that, the lads got their heads down, cracked on with things and what another remarkable team performance it was.

"We once again highlighted our strength in depth and it's another impressive victory which moves us further clear at the top."

Jack Smith and Tom Bacon continued their exceptional run of form as they both reached double figures for a fifth time in six meetings. The flying duo combined for arguably one of the shock 5-1's of the season as they beat the vastly more experienced Rye House pairing of Luke Priest and Ben Morley in heat 15.

After only declaring himself fit to race 48 hours before the meeting, teenage reserve Jack Parkinson-Blackburn produced another mature display, dropping just one point to an opponent.

Guest Liam Carr was involved in two maximum heat advantages for the Brummies while vice captain Darryl Ritchings chipped in with another solid contribution at No.4.

Meanwhile, Danyon Hume endured a tough night as mechanical problems and falls hampered his tally against his former club.

The Brummies host fellow play-off contenders King's Lynn at Perry Barr on Wednesday (August 3).

Under-16s will be admitted free and will have the opportunity to walk the track with the Birmingham team prior to the start of the meeting.

RYE HOUSE 36: Rob Branford 11, Luke Priest 10, Ben Morley 7+1, Matt Saul 3+1, Connor Locke 2, Sam Woods 2, Macauley Leek 1.

BIRMINGHAM 54: Jack Smith 13+3, Tom Bacon 13+2, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 9+2, Liam Carr 8, Darryl Ritchings 7+1, Danyon Hume 4, Tom Perry R/R.

Picture: IAN BUSH

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