Wednesday May 30, 2018
BIRMINGHAM staged a dramatic late victory charge at Coventry on a great night of Perry Barr action to run out 53-37 winners.

Dashing Danyon Hume was at his brilliant best with an unbeaten haul to keep the Bees at bay in the best match of the season.

He said: "It was close racing and I've not gone that close to the fence around Perry Barr for a while but it was really enjoyable.

"All the boys chipped in and it's really good to get the win. Personally I can't wait for my next meeting."

And the three-points claimed after a thoroughly workmanlike performance from Laurence Rogers' riders put them in the driving seat to win their National Trophy group.

Coventry made the better start and were six-points up after three heats.

They went six-points up after Heat 3 when Luke Ruddick and Danny Phillips got a maximum after a hard fought battle with recent Brummies signing Jack Parkinson-Blackburn. The Birmingham man tried everything but couldn't quite get through.

Danyon Hume and teenage sensation Leon Flint immediately launched a Brummies fightback with a 5-1 over the evergreen Jon Armstrong in the next.

And they pulled level when Tom Bacon made a smart move to pass Armstrong in Heat 6 to send the crowd wild with Layne Cupitt in third place.

Flint was at it again in Heat 8 to join Cupitt for a maximum which handed Birmingham the lead for the first time in the meeting at 26-22.

A vital 4-2 in the next race handed Brummies a six-point advantage - but they knew they couldn't afford to relax.

Hume needed all his class and Perry Barr knowledge to get the better of brilliant Coventry front man Connor Mountain to maintain the cushion with just four heats to go.

After a significant Parkinson-Blackburn win in Heat 12 kept the Bees at bay - and the 13th proved to be the turning point.

The brilliant Hume held off Mountain by a whisker and with Bacon third Brummies were 10-points to the good and unbeatable with two heats to go.

Flint made light work of winning the penultimate race with Phillips separating him and Callum Walker in a brave ride and the scoreline was suddenly emphatic for the home side.

Hume completed his full house in the last race and with Bacon joining him for a Brummies 5-1 the job was duly done and a 16-point victory, which looked unlikely until the latter stages, was achieved.

Team Manager Laurence Rogers said: “We did fall behind again early on but that was only because we had a couple of fallers and we weren’t making the gate in the early stages.

“But it turned out to be another great team performance and it was an important win which sent us to the top of our group.

“We’re still unbeaten and it was another win by an impressive margin once again at Perry Barr in the end.”

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies are back in home action next Wednesday when they host Eastbourne in a tasty Travel Plus National League clash.

BIRMINGHAM 53: Danyon Hume 15, Leon Flint 12+1, Tom Bacon 11+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 9, Layne Cupitt 4+1, Callum Walker 2+1, Arran Butcher 0.

COVENTRY 37: Connor Mountain 11, Luke Ruddick 8+1, Danny Phillips 6+1, Jon Armstrong 4+1, Jamie Halder 4, Luke Harris 3+1, Stephen Whitehouse 1+1.


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