Wednesday May 04, 2022
BIRMINGHAM bagged their first league win of the season with a 49-41 success over Scunthorpe on Wednesday.

Following a host of rain-offs, this was the Curtis Sport Brummies’ first Championship home fixture at Perry Barr.

And Laurence Rogers’ side rose to the occasion to pick up a much needed three points following a tough run on the road.

Three early heat advantages saw them open up an eight point gap with five races gone - and that proved to be a key period in the clash with a staggering ten shared races keeping things tense for the majority of the night.

Brummies sealed the deal with a race to spare though when James Shanes and Ashley Morris delivered a 4-2 before the Brummies sent the Scorpions home empty handed with one final 3-3 in Heat 15.

Team boss Laurence Rogers said: “That was just what we wanted and just what we needed.

“That win is such a big boost for the lads.

“It was a good, all-round team performance and our season has well and truly started here!”

Kyle Howarth proved to be a smart choice of guest in place of the injured Josh Auty for the Brummies. The in-form Leicester captain top scored on his way to 12+1.

Adam Ellis continued his run of double figure scores while James Shanes opened and closed with a race win on a solid night down at reserve.

Stefan Nielsen, Ashley Morris and Claus Vissing all registered two seconds and two thirds while youngster James Pearson must have felt hard done by on his home league debut.

The teenager only scored a single point, but made some outstanding starts and was in the thick of the action all night long.

The Curtis Sport Brummies are next in action at Oxford on Tuesday, May 17 (7.30) before hosting the Cheetahs at Perry Barr the following night (May 18, 7.30) in a fixture which starts a run of 11 consecutive Wednesday meetings in the Second City.

BIRMINGHAM 49: Kyle Howarth 12+1, Adam Ellis 11+1, James Shanes 7+1, Claus Vissing 6+2, Stefan Nielsen 6+2, Ashley Morris 6+1, James Pearson 1.
SCUNTHORPE 41: Ryan Douglas 17, Simon Lambert 8+1, Jordan Palin 5+2, Tero Aarnio 5, Jake Allen 5, Zaine Kennedy 1, Ryan Kinsley 0
Championship points: Birmingham 3 Scunthorpe 0

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