Sunday October 14, 2007
BIRMINGHAM have clinched second place in the final 2007 Premier League table, courtesy of their 46-43 win at Glasgow on Sunday.

The match was not without incident though, but in the final analysis, securing the runners-up position in the league just about completes what has been an excellent debut season back in British speedway for the Brummies.

The meeting itself was a topsy-turvy incident-packed affair with the lead changing hands throughout the meeting. The Brummies went into an early 7-5 lead after heat 2, but the Tigers drew level in heat 3 before taking a 19-17 lead with a 4-2 in heat 6.

Shaun Tacey and Jason Lyons then put Birmingham ahead again courtesy of a 5-1 in heat 7, but a 5-0 to Glasgow in heat 9, after both guests Chris Schramm and John Branney had been excluded for the Brummies, restored the home-side’s advantage at 28-25. Birmingham quickly put that set-back behind them with Lyons and Tacey securing a 4-2 in heat 10 and, then a super five-pointer from Tacey and Phil Morris in heat 11 once again saw the Brummies hit the front (34-31).

Unfortunately the rest of the meeting was marred by a horrifying looking crash which saw Glasgow’s David McAllan come off worse with a tussle with Morris in heat 13. McAllan was taken to hospital to be checked out and the meeting was held up whilst the damaged safety fence was repaired. With Morris excluded from the re-run, Schramm had to go as the lone Brummie where he took the chequered flag to retain Birmingham’s three-point lead (40-37). It was then announced that Morris had been thrown out of the remainder of the meeting by the referee, for what was deemed reckless riding in the original running of heat 13. This also included a guest appearance for Stoke in the second part of a double-header against the Tigers.

Tacey then won a shared heat 14, which meant the Brummies had to avoid conceding a 5-1 in the final race to claim victory. When the tapes lifted Kauko Nieminen and Robert Kseizak looked set for a Glasgow 5-1 over Lyons and Schramm, but Kseizak lifted and crashed heavily on the home straight of the final lap and with it went the Tigers chances of a late victory. With the safety fence damaged again the referee awarded the race as a 3-3 and with it came a Birmingham win.

GLASGOW 43: Kauko Nieminen 14, David McAllan 9, Robert Kseizak 8+2, Lee Dicken 5+3, Trent Leverington 5+1, Michael Coles 2, Craig Watson R/R

BIRMINGHAM 46: Jason Lyons 15+1, Shaun Tacey 10, Chris Schramm 9+1, Phil Morris 6+1, John Branney 3, Lee Smart 2+1, Manuel Hauzinger R/R

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