Friday October 05, 2007
BIRMINGHAM’S Premier Trophy quest finally ended with a 58-35 Final defeat at King’s Lynn – a result that saw the Stars lift the trophy 109-74 on aggregate.

It was always going to be uphill task for the Brummies having lost the first leg of the final 51-39 at Perry Barr back in July, but despite this defeat, the midland club can still be proud of their achievements in their debut season back in British speedway.

Jason Lyons was once again top man for Birmingham scoring 16 points, with the best support coming from guest Shaun Tacey with 7. There was, however, a further injury concern for the Brummies with Manuel Hauzinger withdrawing after his opening ride having aggravated his damaged ribs.

Birmingham’s injury-hit team came under a King’s Lynn onslaught early on and soon found themselves 26-10 down after heat 6. Lyons tactical ride win ahead of Chris Mills and Lee Smart’s third place did result in a Brummies 7-2 in heat 7, but a 5-1 from Stars duo Daniel Nermark and Trevor Harding in heat 9 more-or-less put the match and the trophy beyond Birmingham’s reach.

King’s Lynn finished the night with a flourish with a 5-1 in heat 11 and a couple of four-pointers in heats 12 & 13 saw the Trophy winners lead 52-29 with two heats remaining. Parity was restored in the final two races with both heats shared, which included Lyons ending Harding’s paid maximum by taking the chequered flag in heat 15.

Despite the Trophy final defeat to the Stars the men from Perry Barr can still end the season on a winning note. After the Brummies midweek aggregate win over Mildenhall, they will now keep a close watch on this weekend’s results, which will eventually determine their opponents for next week’s Young Shield semi-final clashes.

KING’S LYNN 58: Trevor Harding 11+3, Tomas Topinka 11, Paul Lee 10+3, Daniel Nermark 10, Chris Mills 7+1, Adam Allott 6, Benji Compton 3+1

BIRMINGHAM 35: Jason Lyons 16, Shaun Tacey 7, Phil Morris 6+1, Lee Smart 5+1, Scott James 1, Manuel Hauzinger 0, Henrik Moller R/R

KING’S LYNN win on aggregate 109-74

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