Wednesday April 19, 2017
BIRMINGHAM made it two out of two in the National League with a 54-36 win over Plymouth at Perry Barr.

The Surestop Brummies beat the Devils by the same scoreline which saw them defeat King's Lynn Young Stars a week ago.

Just two points separated the two sides with five races gone, but a clinical mid-meeting spell, including three consecutive 5-1s, saw Graham Drury's side extend their advantage to 16-points.

It was another solid team performance from the Brummies who impressed their boss in their opening league fixture of the season.

Said Drury: "I couldn't ask for much more from the team; that was another really professional performance from a young bunch of lads.

"We always wanted to follow up the win at King's Lynn in style and it was an excellent way to get our home campaign up and running.

"Plymouth were in the mix for the first few races, but once we settled down our strengths shone through and the lads kicked on well.

"Again, there are a lot of positives to take out of tonight and it's nice to keep our unbeaten start going."

Teenage sensation Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, who scored an 18-point maximum in the opener at King's Lynn, continued his spectacular early season form, dropping just one point to an opposition rider. He was also the only rider to get the better of Plymouth No.1 Steve Boxall who was unbeaten prior to Heat 15.

Parkinson-Blackburn was supported superbly by fellow heat-leaders Darryl Ritchings, Danyon Hume and Tom Bacon who all chipped in with 9-points apiece.

Layne Cupitt impressed from the reserve positions again as he raced to his third consecutive paid double figure score of the season.

Macauley Leek got better and better as the night went on and picked up three solid third places on a confidence boosting night for the youngster.

No.8 Kyle Roberts was handed one outing and wasn't far off the pace against an experienced visiting duo in Lee Smart and Richard Andrews.

The Brummies are next in action on Bank Holiday Monday (May 1, 3pm) when they host local rivals Stoke at Perry Barr.

BIRMINGHAM 54: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 16+1, Darryl Ritchings 9+2, Tom Bacon 9, Danyon Hume 9, Layne Cupitt 8+3, Macauley Leek 3, Kyle Roberts 0, Chris Hay R/R.

PLYMOUTH 36: Steve Boxall 14, Benji Compton 7, Lee Smart 6, Richard Andrews 3+1, Henry Atkins 3, Callum Walker 2, Robert Parker 1+1.

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