Wednesday June 21, 2017
BIRMINGHAM battled their way to an impressive 46-44 win over a powerful Lakeside outfit at Perry Barr.

On the hottest day of the year, the Surestop Brummies turned the heat on too as they denied the Hammers a fifth straight Travel Plus National League victory.

While former Brummie Zach Wajtknecht scored a 15 point maximum on his return to Perry Barr, Graham Drury's men did enough to seal another invaluable three points and extend their unbeaten home run in the league.

Said Drury: "First and foremost, full credit to both sets of riders. They gave it their all in absolutely horrendous conditions heat wise and they put on a great meeting of entertainment for the supporters.

"We're delighted with the win against a strong Lakeside team who've been in form of late and it's a really pleasing result.

"I don't begrudge Lakeside their consolation point because they played their part in what was a good advert for the National League and I think it was a fair result overall.

"Both sides had their fair share of both bad and good luck and in the end it balanced itself out.

"It was another team performance in the fact that everyone got stuck in, they dig deep and encouraged each other.

"That's what really pleased me tonight and while I was happy with the contributions with our regular riders a special mention for our two guest reserves Alex Spooner and in particular Taylor Hampshire.

"Their points were absolutely crucial in the final outcome and I think we've seen two more bright talents of the future at Perry Barr tonight.

"Fair play to Zach as well. He was superb and even with the terrific heat-leaders we've got at Birmingham, I don't think too many people would have been shocked to see his score tonight."

Tom Bacon scored double figures for the fifth meeting in a row since moving down from the No.1 position and was duly awarded the Ductair Electrics Ltd Rider of the Night Award.

Guest reserve Taylor Hampshire bagged himself two race wins as well as a stunning manoeuvre around the outside in heat 12 to secure a pivotal second place in a 5-1 at an important stage of the meeting.

Liam Carr started his night off with a pair of victories too, but his final tally was hampered after being penalised with a 15 metre handicap on two occasions.

David Mason enjoyed a solid debut for the Brummies, rounding off his night by taking that chequered flag in the heat 12 5-1 as he helped defeat his former club.

Jack Parkinson-Blackburn had a steady return to racing following his period of inactivity and while both Layne Cupitt and Alex Spooner's points didn't reflect their efforts, their contributions were the difference come the end of the meeting.

The Brummies are back in action next Wednesday when they host Plymouth in the first leg of their Knockout Cup tie.

BIRMINGHAM 46: Tom Bacon 12, Taylor Hampshire 9+1, Liam Carr 9, David Mason 6+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 6, Layne Cupitt 3+2, Alex Spooner 1.

LAKESIDE 44: Zach Wajtknecht 15, Ben Morley 11+2, Alfie Bowtell 6+1, Connor Locke 5+1, Paul Hurry 5, Jamie Couzins 2, Nick Laurence 0.

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