Wednesday May 09, 2018
BIRMINGHAM's 37-34 Knockout Cup First Leg victory over Mildenhall was marred by injuries to skipper Mitchell Davey.

The 28-year-old came off in Heat 5 and was struck by two bikes at high speed causing a lengthy delay.

Davey was taken to hospital for further scans and an exact diagnosis is still unknown.

Mildenhall's Sam Bebee was also withdrawn from the fixture in the same incident after sustaining wrist injuries and the meeting was cut short when visiting captain Jordan Jenkins hit the wooden fence in Heat 12.

Edwards Plumbing Brummies boss Laurence Rogers was quick to send his best wishes to the injured trio and admits it will be a nervy wait for further news on Davey.

"He took a couple of hefty whacks and there was some serious concern from the medical team," Rogers said.

"There were a few things they needed to get checked out but didn't want to say too much until a number of scans and tests had been run at the hospital.

"Mitch is not only a fantastic speedway rider, he's a really likeable, good guy as well and we're all gutted for him.

"You have to feel for his mom and dad as well who flew over from Australia at the weekend to see him race tonight.

"Naturally we send our best wishes to Jordan and Sam of Mildenhall as well, but we wait patiently for further news on Mitch which we'll inform the supporters of as soon as we hear any updates."

Rogers has also praised both sets of riders for their attitude in continuing with the fixture.

He said: "A few of the boys were really cut up and especially Leon (Flint) because he's really good friends with Mitch and he broke down while holding his hand on the track.

"Both teams deserve so much credit though because we asked them what they wanted to do and they were more than happy to carry on.

"So credit to them for that but also for producing some real good, close racing in the other heats.

"The result tonight was irrelevant and I'm sure supporters will understand where I'm coming from when we consider the circumstances.

"This is the worst part of the sport we all love unfortunately but we have to regroup.

"The riders and management really did appreciate the supporters patience during difficult, worrying times tonight and we all can't thank them enough for how wonderful they were.

"A special mention for Jason Jeffries-Lloyd and his team of track paramedics as well; they've shown again tonight why they're the best in the sport and we can't thank them enough for the work they did on Mitch and the Mildenhall boys.

Birmingham host Stoke at Perry Barr next Wednesday in the National Trophy (Wednesday, May 16, 7.30).

BIRMINGHAM 37: Leon Flint 12+1, Tom Bacon 8, Danyon Hume 8, Layne Cupitt 3+1, Mitchell Davey 3, Callum Walker 2, Jamie Sealey 1.

MILDENHALL 34: Drew Kemp 9, Josh Bailey 8, Danny Ayres 7+1, Jordan Jenkins 6, Ryan Kinsley 2+2, Sam Bebee 1+1, Matt Marson 1+1.

Abandoned after 12 heats - Medical Cover - Result STANDS.

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