Tuesday August 02, 2022
BIRMINGHAM’S latest patched-up side almost pulled off a terrific comeback at Plymouth on Tuesday.

The Curtis Sport Brummies were forced to settle for a consolation point though as they narrowly lost 46-44 in the Championship.

They found themselves 12-points down after just five races as the hosts, who were also badly depleted by injuries, charged into the lead.

And even after Heat Nine, the Brummies still found themselves 32-22 down.

But a hat-trick of 4-2s and a Heat 13 5-1 saw them pull level with two to go.

A shared penultimate race took things to a last heat decider all square - and that’s how it remained for the first three laps.

But home guest Josh Pickering, who has earned Birmingham so many points when representing them this season, remained determined and picked off regular Brummie Justin Sedgmen to grab back victory at the death.

Team manager Laurence Rogers said: “It really was a superb team effort to come from such an early deficit to go into Heat 15 level.

“We were left wondering what could have been though because we did have some more bad luck in those first few races.

“We were unlucky in Heat Two when the race was stopped just as Lee Complin was about to pass Ben Morley to join Little P (James Pearson) for a 5-1.

“Then Jacob Hook was excluded in Heat Three on the first bend despite there being contact that caused him to fall - that’s been about our luck all season though to be honest!

“But I thought the team gelled well, rode well together, there was a superb spirit in the pits and I was proud of all of them.”

Lee Complin again starred from reserve, just as he did at Poole last Friday, with Kye Thomson also riding solidly at No.1 with both achieving paid double figures.

Broc Nicol totalled nine whilst Justin Sedgmen was the only away rider to pick up two race wins on another up and down night for the regular Brummie.

Birmingham’s teenage reserve James Pearson enjoyed one of his performances of the season while Jacob Hook was in the thick of the action for minor placings throughout the night.

Birmingham head to Glasgow on Friday (August 5, 7.30) before hosting Berwick in their final league fixture at Perry Barr next Wednesday (August 10, 7.30).

PLYMOUTH 46: Lewis Kerr 14, Ben Morley 11+2, Richie Worrall 10, Josh Pickering 8, Danyon Hume 3+1, Harry McGurk 0, Alfie Bowtell r/r
BIRMINGHAM 44: Kye Thomsen 9+1, Lee Complin 9+1, Broc Nicol 9, Justin Sedgmen 8+1, James Pearson 6+1, Jacob Hook 3+1, Stefan Nielsen r/r

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