Wednesday April 25, 2018
BIRMINGHAM produced a strong second half showing to seal a 51-38 home win over Kent in a challenge fixture on Wednesday.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies trailed for the opening ten races, but registered four heat advantages in the final five to record their third straight victory.

It means they'll take a 13-point lead into Monday's second leg at Central Park (6.30) and co-promoter David Mason was again impressed with his side.

"Before the meeting I thought it was going to go down to a last heat decider," he said.

"And when Kent put us on the back foot a bit early on we knew we'd got a real challenge on our hands.

"But full credit to the boys; just like they did at Stoke on Saturday, they came on really strong in the latter stages and pulled off another battling win.

"They sharpened up as the meeting went on and got a 4-2 and three 5-1s - and we were on another 5-1 in Heat 15 until it was stopped because Jack Thomas wiped his own team-mate out for them.

"But it's another good result for us and there's plenty to take forward."

When reserve Arran Butcher took an awkward spill in Heat Two, it meant Leon Flint was in for a busy night.

While Butcher was sent for an x-ray to check out a battered and bruised elbow, Flint took all seven of his programme rides.

The 15-year-old bagged three race wins on his way to 16 stunning points and was deservedly voted Rider of the Night by Geoff Elliott.

Heat-leader trio Mitchell Davey, Tom Bacon and Danyon Hume pulled off two heat victories apiece as they combined for 29 of Birmingham's total points.

Callum Walker again ended on a high after getting a paid win in the penultimate race of the night while Layne Cupitt battled much harder than his two points suggest.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies are back at Perry Barr on Wednesday, May 9 when Mildenhall visit in a tasty Knockout Cup tie.

Meanwhile, Birmingham now prepare for a trip to Buxton this Sunday (April 29, 3pm) in the National Trophy.

BIRMINGHAM 51: Leon Flint 16, Tom Bacon 10+2, Mitchell Davey 10+1, Danyon Hume 9+1, Callum Walker 4+2, Layne Cupitt 2+1, Arran Butcher 0.

KENT 38: Luke Bowen 11, Jack Thomas 8, Nathan Stoneman 7, Anders Rowe 5+1, Taylor Hampshire 3+2, Alex Spooner 3, Jacob Clouting 1.

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