Wednesday August 15, 2018
BIRMINGHAM picked up a much-needed 55-34 win over Buxton at Perry Barr.

The Brummies were always expected to dominate against a Hitmen side, who have failed to take a single victory so far this season, and the match went very much according to expectations.

But the presence of Danny Ayres guesting at No.1 for the visitors ensured some good racing, and the home side didn’t have things all their own way.

The most encouraging factor was the returns of three riders – Danyon Hume and Leon Flint from injury, and Callum Walker from illness - and there were no ill effects after their recent lay-offs.

Hume’s score was lower than expected due to carburettor trouble which put him out of contention in Heat 3, but he would have taken his first win in his third ride but for a superb pass by Ayres off the final turn.

Flint bounced straight back from his fortnight’s lay-off by winning his first two outings, including holding Ayres at bay in Heat 5, whilst Walker was consistent in the No.2 position and took victory in a twice re-run Heat 8.

That came when both Hitmen riders came to grief, handing the home side a 5-0 which helped them pull clear.

Tom Bacon and James Shanes reeled off a series of race wins with Shanes coming up with a super effort in Heat 7 to slice between Tom Woolley and Connor Coles in a third-to-first move at the end of the first lap.

Shanes was then involved in a sensational battle with Ayres in Heat 11 as the Buxton man dived through on the inside going into the final bend, only for Shanes to switch back superbly and win the race to the line.

Brummies collected a run of 4-2s late in the meeting as reserves Sheldon Davies and Josh Embleton both picked up useful points, but there was frustration for captain Bacon in the last race.

Set for a faultless 15-point maximum and well clear up front, Bacon suffered a chain failure on the last lap allowing Ayres, who had passed Hume earlier in the race, to come through whilst the skipper had to leave his bike on the infield.

Edwards Plumbing Brummies co-owner David Mason said: “You have to feel for Tom because nobody could get near him all night and bike problems cost him what would’ve been a fully deserved 15-point maximum for the second time this season.

“But he was superb as were all the other boys and that was a real team victory.

“It was good to have a full 1-7 and as we anticipated, that in itself brought a real feel-good vibe back to the place.

“Credit to Buxton as well though; a couple of their boys helped create some really entertaining racing and I thought there was some really good speedway on display.

“I think the rain they’ve had in the local area since the weekend helped big time and full credit to John Priest our track man for preparing a super racing surface.

“It was good to get back to winning ways and there are plenty of positives to take into next Wednesday’s home meeting with Stoke.”

BIRMINGHAM 55: Tom Bacon 12, Leon Flint 10+1, James Shanes 10, Danyon Hume 8, Callum Walker 6, Josh Embleton 5+2, Sheldon Davies 4.

BUXTON 34: Danny Ayres 14, Connor Coles 10+1, Tom Woolley 7+1, Corban Pavitt 3, Lewis Whitmore 0, Sam Woolley 0, James Cockle R/R.

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