Wednesday June 19, 2019
BIRMINGHAM’S team planning came up trumps with a fourth successive home victory on a terrific night of racing at Perry Barr.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies, who have been transformed from their early-season struggles, saw off Newcastle 49-41 despite a lower-order injury crisis to move into third in the Championship standings.

Boss Laurence Rogers’ move to book Charles Wright and Broc Nicol as guests proved hugely successful with Wright standing in admirably for Adam Ellis, whilst Nicol produced a series of fine passing moves to top-score at reserve.

Brummies opened up a four-point lead over the first four races, with skipper James Shanes setting the tone by surging past Lasse Bjerre for third place in Heat 3.

But it was Heats 5 and 6 which really got the pulses racing as the home side posted back-to-back 5-1s with some spectacular overtakes.

First, Paco Castagna stormed around the field on turn two to hit the front and was then joined by Nicol who stunned Steve Worrall as he followed through.

And then in Heat 6, Wright hit the front whilst Shanes first moved past Jacob Bukhave and then reeled in enormous ground to snatch second from Thomas Jorgensen.

A tactical substitute win from Worrall in Heat 9 was neutralised by Nicol and Castagna keeping Jorgensen at the back, and the lead remained at ten points as Shanes was adjudged to have just missed out to Bjerre for third place in the next.

The Diamonds did threaten a comeback as Max Clegg and Worrall pulled off a surprise 5-1 in Heat 11, but Nicol then produced further heroics as he blasted past a defensive-riding Bjerre on the run to the line in the twelfth.

Wright controlled the clash of the big guns in Heat 13 whilst a shared Heat 14 confirmed Birmingham’s win as Castagna picked up third place from Danny Phillips despite being penalised for a start-line infringement.

The Diamonds could have salvaged a league point in Heat 15 but Worrall fell whilst chasing Wright, and although a solid-scoring Matthew Wethers won the re-run they were left just short of some reward.

Edwards Plumbing Brummies team boss Laurence Rogers said: “When you consider the circumstances in the lead up to this meeting and the fact we only had three of our regular riders, that really is a terrific effort.

“The guests were superb and all did their required jobs admirably - but it was the way they slotted into the bonding of the team back in the pits that was just as impressive.

“We got at them in the first half of the meeting and that helped us the longer the meeting went on.

“There was some stunning racing on display again at times tonight too and the track is getting better and better each week.

“Every rider who represented Birmingham  tonight did themselves proud and there were a lot of smiling faces at the end.”

Brummies’ next league action is on July 3 against glamour club Glasgow, and they will now await further updates on injured duo Ashley Morris and Nathan Stoneman.

BIRMINGHAM 49: Broc Nicol 13+1, Charles Wright 13, Paco Castagna 10+3, James Shanes 6+2, Tero Aarnio 5, Connor Coles 2+1, Zach Wajtknecht r/r
NEWCASTLE 41: Matthew Wethers 12, Steve Worrall 11+1, Max Clegg 6, Thomas Jorgensen 5+1, Lasse Bjerre 4+2, Jacob Bukhave 2, Danny Phillips 1
Championship points: Birmingham 3 Newcastle 0

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