Wednesday August 10, 2016
BIRMINGHAM sealed a ninth straight win with a 53-35 home win over Midland rivals Coventry at Perry Barr.

It was the visitors who actually claimed the majority of the race winners and the margin between the two sides was just four points with seven heats gone.

But a dominant middle part of the meeting saw the Surestop Brummies race to a fairly comfortable victory in the end as they extended their lead at the top of the Travel Plus National League to 11 points.

Team manager Graham Drury said: "We struggled out of the starts at the beginning of the meeting and it looked as though it was going to go all the way.

"But we made some better gates and we came on strong between heats eight and 11 in particular.

"Fair play to Coventry, their heat-leaders came and gave us a run for our money but our strength in depth proved important once again and it's yet another three very welcome league points."

Captain Tom Perry top scored for the Brummies with his highlight of the night coming in heat 13 when he outsmarted Ellis Perks on the first two bends to deny the Coventry guest a maximum.

Danyon Hume received the Ductair Electrics Ltd Rider of the Night Award after dropping just one point to the opposition from his four programmed rides. His night came to a bizarre end in a rare occurrence which saw both Hume and Coventry's Liam Carr disqualified in the same incident which certainly got supporters on the terraces talking.

Teenage sensation Jack Parkinson-Blackburn dropped just one point overall while fellow reserve Jack Smith also chipped in with another impressive paid double figure haul.

Darryl Ritchings showed much more positive signs on his first home meeting back in the No.3 race jacket including a stylish manoeuvre around Carr to take the victory in heat nine.

Tom Bacon endured one of his tougher nights of the season while guest No.1 Luke Chessell was only able to contribute two points to the Brummies tally.

Birmingham head to Coventry this Sunday as they aim to defend their National League Fours title.

With Zach Wajtknecht ruled out through injury and Danyon Hume forced to miss the meeting due to Premier League commitments, Tom Perry, Tom Bacon, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn and Jack Smith are the chosen quartet for the showpiece event at Brandon.

BIRMINGHAM 53: Tom Perry 11, Danyon Hume 10+1, Jack Smith 9+3, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 8+3, Darryl Ritchings 8+2, Tom Bacon 5, Luke Chessell 2+1.

COVENTRY 35: Mitchell Davey 12, Ellis Perks 11, Liam Carr 8+1, Callum Walker 2, Ryan Terry-Daley 1, Jamie Halder 1, Conor Dwyer 0.

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