Monday August 27, 2018
BIRMINGHAM team boss Laurence Rogers admitted they “could have won” after a narrow defeat at Kent.

The Brummies went down by just three points 46-43 at the Central Park Stadium in a meeting marred by the visitors losing Danyon Hume through injury.

Hume was taken from the track with a suspected broken collarbone after a horror incident in Heat 12 after hitting a large hole on the fourth turn.

Rogers admitted: “We’re obviously all gutted for Danyon. He has gone off with a suspected broken collarbone which would be such a big blow for the kid, he has no luck.

“After then it was a struggle but the boys dug in and came back strong considering we had lost Danyon in such difficult circumstances.

“It’s frustrating because it’s a meeting we could have won. If we’d all stayed fit I think we could have sneaked a win.

“The track was very tricky because of all the night that has come down and that probably caused all the incidents.

“There was also a nasty crash in the final race when Nathan Stonemason brought down James Shanes, but thankfully both got up.

“We got it back close to just five points down with two to go with an excellent Heat 13 from Tom and James who were terrific again all night.

“It’s just a shame we couldn’t give them just a little bit more back-up to get us a win on the road. But I can’t fault the way the boys kept going.”

Brummies were once again led superbly by Shanes with paid 14 and Tom Bacon 13 while Leon Flint added a very useful eight points after an opening race engine failure.

Rogers added: “We seemed to have so many problems through the night which makes it a bit frustrating. But I’m also very encouraged by the spirit shown by the team to take it to the wire.

“It’s just been one of those seasons where we’ve been hit by so many injuries and there’s a cloud over us all because of Danyon’s knock.”

Flint only dropped one point after encountering bike problems at the start of Heat 3 but was excellent thereafter.

He added: “Obviously all our thoughts with Danyon. It was a difficult track to get used to, conditions were hard but we just got on with it.”

KENT 46: Paul Hurry 11, Alex Spooner 8+3, Nathan Stoneman 8+1, Anders Rowe 6+2, Jack Thomas 6, Taylor Hampshire 4, Jamie Couzins 3+2.

BIRMINGHAM 43: James Shanes 13+1, Tom Bacon 13, Leon Flint 8, Danyon Hume 5+1, Callum Walker 3, Sheldon Davies 1, Josh Embleton 0.

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