Wednesday May 16, 2018
TERRIFIC Tom Bacon inspired a comfortable 57-33 win for Birmingham in their National Trophy clash with Stoke at Perry Barr.

But this wasn’t a one man show. Bacon was unstoppable, but he had fine support from maximum man Danyon Hume and brilliant 15-year-old Leon Flint, while Callum Walker produced his best performance in Birmingham colours.

They dedicated their win to injured racer Mitchell Davey who remains in hospital with multiple injuries sustained just a week ago.

And the response from supporters was tremendous with over £2,500 raised for Davey in collections on the night, in addition to further donations at tracks around the UK and a fund-raising walk to Swindon by Commercial Manager Lee Kilby.

Thankfully this meeting was essentially trouble-free, and the Edwards Plumbing Brummies had almost total dominance in the race winning department.

Bacon and Hume were both in top form and their regular wins over former Birmingham captain Tom Perry – making a guest appearance for Stoke – underlined their improvement since all were part of the title-winning team of 2016.

Hume raced to a five-ride full maximum with some lightning-fast starting, whilst Bacon was unbeaten by an opponent in all six of his outings.

Brummies were held across the first two races, although Arran Butcher held second place for three laps of Heat 2, but Hume and hugely impressive teenager Leon Flint combined for a shock 5-1 over Perry in Heat 4, Flint just holding on for second place.

The hosts marched on with Bacon and Layne Cupitt teaming up for another 5-1 in Heat 6 to put them twelve points clear, and there was never going to be a serious Stoke response from that.

Veteran Tony Atkin notched the Potters’ first win in Heat 9, but Bacon superbly went between Atkin and Adam Extance in the early stages of the next race before Cupitt lost third place with a fall on the last lap.

Callum Walker gained a morale-boosting 5-1 with the effervescent Flint ahead of Atkin in Heat 12 as the Brummies stretched their lead to 18 points, with Hume and Bacon then storming clear of Perry in the battle of the big guns.

Walker then controlled Heat 14 before Bacon completed his maximum in the final race – with all the action behind him as Flint boldly tried to go between Atkin and Paul Burnett before eventually settling for third place.

Team Manager Laurence Rogers said: "It was a brilliant all round team performance.

"Everyone stepped up to the plate really well in Mitch's absence and I can't pick too many faults at all.

"It's great to keep our unbeaten run going and we dedicate this one to Mitch.

"A huge thanks to all the supporters who donated to Mitch's collection - it really was a staggering amount and their generosity is so appreciated."

Brummies will continue to monitor their team options ahead of next Wednesday’s National League opener against the Isle of Wight.

BIRMINGHAM 57: Tom Bacon 17+1, Danyon Hume 15, Leon Flint 13+2, Callum Walker 9+1, Layne Cupitt 3+1, Arran Butcher 0, Mitchell Davey R/R.

STOKE 33: Tony Atkin 12, Tom Perry 8, Paul Burnett 5+2, Adam Extance 4+2, William O’Keefe 3+1, Joe Alcock 1+1, Rob Shuttleworth R/R.

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