Sunday July 08, 2018
BIRMINGHAM set up a derby day decider with Cradley after running riot in the National Trophy at Buxton.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies claimed maximum points from their 61-29 win at the Hi-Edge Raceway to move within one point of Cradley at the top of the Northern Group.

It means the winner of the all-Midlands clash at Perry Barr on August 1 will qualify for the National Trophy Final where Mildenhall await the victors.

Already without four of their regular riders for the trip to Derbyshire, Brummies were dealt another blow in the build-up to the fixture when they were denied the use of Gary Flint - father of 15-year-old wonder kid Leon at reserve.

Hosts Buxton objected to the plan of using him at reserve, and he was consequently stopped from competing following a decision from the sport’s governing body.

But not even that could stop Birmingham’s makeshift side dominating the fixture from start to finish as they eased to their biggest win of the season, claiming all 15 heat winners in the process.

Tom Bacon romped to a full 15-point maximum while guest Danny Ayres also went unbeaten by an opponent after a couple of brave moves on the opening bends.

Leon Flint rode spectacularly once more as he demonstrated his talent on his way to top scoring from six rides.

Callum Walker did his job by picking up the minor places as well as winning Heat Eight in a tapes to flag victory.

Late stand-in reserve Sheldon Davies impressed on his way to seven paid eight, winning his first ever competitive ride in Heat Two, while fellow guest William O’Keefe chipped in with three from three rides despite suffering a knock to the knee early in the contest.

Team boss Laurence Rogers said: “It was an absolutely amazing performance and all of the boys were on it - we didn’t have a weak link.

“Full credit to our two guest reserves, in particular Sheldon Davies who came into the team at short notice and winning his first ever National League race will be a moment he’ll remember forever.

“Tom led by example superbly as captain once again, Leon was unbelievable and Danny proved to be a great guest for us again after being spurred on by comments from other club’s supporters on social media.

“It was good to see Callum in the Points again and like I say, it was just a brilliant whole team performance.

“We were disappointed with what went on beforehand regarding us using Gary Flint; mainly because we’d had confirmation in the build-up that he was eligible but that’s all we’ll say on the matter for now but it is something we’ll be following up behind the scenes.”

Birmingham are next in action on July 18 at Perry Barr when in-form title favourites Mildenhall are the visitors in the National League , after this Wednesday’s scheduled clash with Kent was postponed due to England’s progression in the World Cup.

BUXTON 29: Tom Woolley 11, Corban Pavitt 6, Ben Wilson 6, James Cockle 4, Kieran Douglas 2+2, Sam Woolley 0, Lewis Whitmore 0, Connor Coles R/R.

BIRMINGHAM 61: Leon Flint 15+1, Tom Bacon 15, Danny Ayres 14+1, Sheldon Davies 7+1, Callum Walker 7, William O’Keefe 3+1, Danyon Hume R/R.


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