Saturday September 01, 2018
PATCHED-UP Birmingham were forced to settle for a single consolation league point in a disappointing 47-42 defeat at struggling Stoke.

Injuries and other racing commitments meant the Edwards Plumbing Brummies were able to track just three of their own riders.

And it was a tough night for the Perry Barr outfit who were restricted to just three heat advantages all meeting as Stoke picked up just their second league success of the season.

“It was just one of those nights,” team boss Laurence Rogers said.

“Jon Armstrong battled on brilliantly despite feeling ill, Danny Ayres had his fair share of bike problems and Josh (Embleton) found himself in some good points scoring positions and let those slip but I cannot fault his work and effort.

“All the riders gave it their best but we just came up against a stronger Stoke line-up than is usually here.

“Connor Coles is flying at the minute and he always goes well at Loomer Road - and having him as a guest proved clever thinking from Stoke who wouldn’t have got a 14 point return from their absent riders or rider replacement.

“It’s no secret that this was a meeting we targeted to win, but we have to stay positive.

“A point is better than nothing, but now we have even more work to do on what is now a very busy few days next weekend.”

Brummies face three meetings in three days with the trip to Plymouth rearranged for next Friday (September 7, 7.30) before away fixtures against Mildenhall and Coventry on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

STOKE 47: Connor Coles 14, Max Clegg 12, Tom Perry 9, Paul Burnett 7+1, Adam Extance 3+1, Arran Butcher 2+1, David Wallinger R/R.

BIRMINGHAM 42: Tom Bacon 12, Jon Armstrong 9+1, Leon Flint 8+1, Danny Ayres 7+1, Josh Embleton 4+2, David Holt 2, Callum Walker R/R.

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