Wednesday June 06, 2018
BRILLIANT Birmingham breezed to a 54-36 win over strongly fancied Eastbourne to fire a warning to their National League title rivals.

Terrific Tom Bacon inspired the team with a string of brilliant rides to notch a perfect 18-point maximum and was never threatened.

Teenage sensation Leon Flint continued his sizzling form to complete the perfect all-round performance by dropping just a point in six outings.

And Brummies' cult hero Danyon Hume only dropped two points with a third place in Heat 13 in a thrilling race when he couldn't quite catch Tom Brennan after passing Georgie Wood.

The terrific trio contributed 49 of the Edwards Plumbing Brummies’ total points. But captain Bacon insists there’s plenty more to come from other areas of the team.

“Eastbourne are a big name at this level, they always build a strong side and that’s no different this season,” he said.

“But to go out there and win like we did shows what we’re capable of - and that’s with some of the boys not having the best of nights.

“But while we’re performing at the top end and while Leon is going good at reserve, that gives the rest of the team a bit more time to rebuild their confidence and there’s still plenty more to come which is exciting.”

Birmingham covered the absence of Jack Parkinson-Blackburn nicely with a nine-point haul as they dominated race wins, limiting the visitors to just one and sending them home with no heat advantages to show for their efforts.

It was another good night for the Brummies in front of a bumper crowd as they extended their winning run to nine fixtures in all competitions.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies are back in action at Perry Barr next Wednesday (June 13, 7.30) when they host Buxton.

BIRMINGHAM 54: Tom Bacon 18, Leon Flint 16+1, Danyon Hume 15+1, Callum Walker 3+1, Arran Butcher 1, Layne Cupitt 1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn R/R.

EASTBOURNE 36: Tom Brennan 9, Mark Baseby 8, Georgie Wood 6, Jason Edwards 5+3, Charley Powell 4+4, Kelsey Dugard 4, Stephen Whitehouse 0.


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