Wednesday August 17, 2016
BIRMINGHAM continued their sensational run of form with a comprehensive 58-32 home win over Buxton.

The Surestop Brummies pulled 15 points clear at the top of the National League thanks to an eleventh successive team victory.

Team manager Graham Drury again highlighted his side's togetherness and character following the late withdrawal of star reserve Jack Smith.

"Jack had a fall against Cradley on Monday and tweaked his back," Drury explained.

"With no disrespect to Buxton at all, if it would have been against a more in-form team who were performing better in the league then Jack would have given it a go.

"But he wasn't feeling 100 per cent and we agreed between the two of us that it would probably be better to rest it and we'll see how he's feeling ahead of the trip to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday.

"As for tonight, I have to give Buxton plenty of credit despite us picking up another routine win in the end.

"They've had no luck whatsoever this year but they came and gave it a real good go and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

"As for our lads, they pulled together superbly once again when they heard that Jack Smith was going to be missing and the bond they have got between them is tremendous.

"All of them did themselves proud and it's another welcome three league points."

Tom Bacon and Danyon Hume both showed plenty of speed as they dropped just one point apiece to a Buxton rider on another super night for the middle order duo.

Teenage sensation Jack Parkinson-Blackburn was cruelly denied his first ever paid maximum in heat 15 despite his best efforts to find a way past Buxton guest Danny Halsey. The 15-year-old stepped up to the plate in fine style in the absence of his fellow reserve Smith and was awarded the Ductair Electrics Ltd Rider of the Night.

Skipper Tom Perry recovered from a spill in his opening ride to reach double figures while Darryl Ritchings improved as the night went on and picked up two paid wins in the process.

While stand-in reserve Stephen Whitehouse failed to trouble the scorers, it was a night he'll always remember as he picked up some vital experience on his first full National League debut.

The Brummies riders have plenty of guest bookings over the coming days but get together again as a team on Tuesday when they travel to the Isle of Wight.

BIRMINGHAM 58: Tom Bacon 16+1, Danyon Hume 13+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 12+1, Tom Perry 10+1, Darryl Ritchings 7+3, Stephen Whitehouse 0, Zach Wajtknecht R/R.

BUXTON 32: Dan Halsey 13, Lee Dicken 6, David Wallinger 4+2, Lee Geary 4, Ryan Blacklock 3, Ryan Burton 2+1, David Speight R/R.

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