Saturday October 13, 2007
BIRMINGHAM are through to the Young Shield Final after successfully defending their 16-point first leg lead against Stoke at Loomer Road on Saturday.

But they will have to wait another week before discovering their opponents in the decider, as the semi-final between Workington and Redcar was postponed due to rain and will now be re-staged next Saturday, October 20.

Brummies were only under pressure after conceding a 5-1 in Heat 5 and looking set to do likewise in the next only for the Potters' Lee Complin to be excluded for taking down guest Chris Schramm - and they were level on the night with a 4-2 in Heat 8.

With three heats to go it was 36-36 as Jason Lyons and Paul Clews ensured the Brummies' progression, but there was still a dramatic end to the meeting as Stoke went into the last race with a two-point lead.

At the first time of asking, Lyons fell and was excluded, and in the re-run the Potters' Claus Vissing tangled with Phil Morris. Vissing was excluded, and Complin then beat Morris to give the home side a three-point win on the night.

Brummies will stage their leg of the Final - which should, weather permitting, be the second leg - at Perry Barr on Sunday October 28, at 6pm.

STOKE 46 (84): Lee Complin 12+2, Claus Vissing 11, Barrie Evans 10+2, Ben Barker 8, Tony Atkin 5, Jamie Smith 0, Rusty Harrison r/r.
BIRMINGHAM 43 (97): Phil Morris 13, Jason Lyons 11, Paul Clews 8+1, Lee Smart 5+2, Chris Schramm 5+2, Shaun Tacey 1, Manuel Hauzinger r/r.

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