Friday July 28, 2017
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury admits his riders will benefit from the big learning curve they experienced during their 52-37 defeat at Lakeside.

The Surestop Brummies registered just two heat advantages all night and struggled to cope with the dominance of home spearhead pairing Paul Hurry and Ben Morley.

"It was a tough night for the lads but they'll take a lot from tonight's meeting into the rest of their careers," Drury said.

"It's a tight, technical track at Lakeside and most riders struggle the first time they ever go there.

"Five of our lads had never even seen the place before tonight and with the rain coming down how it did, that didn't make things any easier for them.

"But they'll have learnt a lot and the next time they have to come here, they'll cope a lot better I'm sure.

"I'd like to give a special mention to Layne Cupitt; he adapted really well and produced another solid performance.

"He's a relatively inexperienced speedway rider but he's really showing his capabilities with us this season.

"Credit to Lakeside and Paul Hurry in particular; he's certainly still got it and he is the bargain of the season.

"There's no disgrace in coming to Lakeside and leaving empty handed, but now we have to make sure we get back to winning ways and come out on top in what should be a thrilling encounter against current league leaders Belle Vue Colts at Perry Barr this Wednesday."

LAKESIDE 52: Paul Hurry 17, Ben Morley 15+1, Alfie Bowtell 8, Connor Locke 5, Jamie Couzins 4+2, Nick Laurence 3+1, Zach Wajtknecht R/R.

BIRMINGHAM 37: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 9+1, Layne Cupitt 7+1, Liam Carr 7, Tom Bacon 7, David Mason 6+2, Taylor Hampshire 1, Lewis Whitmore 0.

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