Thursday June 29, 2017
BIRMINGHAM put in a battling display but were unable to prevent a 49-41 defeat in the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie with Plymouth at the St Boniface Arena.

Team boss Graham Drury declared himself proud of the performance of his young side despite failing to overturn a four-point deficit.

The Surestop Brummies demonstrated plenty of positives, with No.1 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn bagging an impressive 12-point haul whilst Tom Bacon and Taylor Hampshire also notched double figures.

But it was not enough to make up for Wednesday’s disappointing defeat on home shale – and Drury says they will now focus their efforts on defending their Travel Plus National League title.

Said Drury: “There was a lot of disappointment after a below-par performance at home last night, but I think we did ourselves proud tonight.

“With four heats to go there was a real belief that we could pull it off, and I know Plymouth knew they had a fight on their hands.

“Unfortunately we fell just short, and we’re obviously disappointed to be out of the Cup, but we can take plenty of positive from tonight.

“The newcomer, Taylor Hampshire, did very well once again scoring ten points, but the big disappointment was rider replacement only getting three points to cover for David Mason.

“We’ll now focus all our attentions on the league, starting with Wednesday’s big meeting against Cradley.”

The Brummies will be aiming to get back to winning ways as they host local rivals Cradley at Perry Barr next Wednesday (7.30).

PLYMOUTH 49: Adam Roynon 14, Henry Atkins 11+1, Steve Boxall 7, Callum Walker 6+2, Richard Andrews 5+2, Benji Compton 5+1, William O’Keefe 1+1.

BIRMINGHAM 41: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 12, Tom Bacon 10, Taylor Hampshire 10, Liam Carr 5, Layne Cupitt 4+2, Kean Dicken 0, David Mason r/r.

Plymouth win 96-84 on aggregate.

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