Wednesday August 10, 2022
BIRMINGHAM rounded off their Championship campaign with a 48-42 win over Berwick at Perry Barr.

It was a more comfortable victory than the final scoreline may suggest with the visitors only snatching a consolation league point with a 5-1 in the final race of the night.

The Curtis Sport Brummies charged into a 14 point lead with just six races gone and never looked back.

Injuries may have played their part in them finishing bottom of the Championship table, but thanks to the help of guest riders, the Brummies finished their season strongly winning five of their last seven home meetings in all competitions.

And after adding three final league points to the table, team manager Laurence Rogers says he was pleased for the club's loyal supporters who have stuck by them throughout a testing season.

"They've been superb, they've never given up and that last league win of the season tonight was for them," he said.

"We wanted to finish off with a win and end the league fixtures on a high and we did that, once again with a makeshift team.

"I think the final score flattered Berwick and obviously without Bomber (Chris Harris) and Leon (Flint) coming good in the last two races, they wouldn't have got anywhere near us.

"We were sitting comfortably enough though going into the second half of the meeting and fair play to Berwick, they didn't give up and kept plugging away - but we never felt under any real pressure from them thanks to the tremendous start the boys made.

"There was a great team spirit around tonight and everyone played their part."

Former Brummie Paul Starke top scored dropping just two points to the opposition while guest No.1 Kye Thomson opened with two race wins on his way to double figures - and was the only man to beat Harris with a fine ride in Heat One.

Stand-in skipper Justin Sedgmen won two of his four rides while Paco Castagna was solid on his way to paid double figures.

James Pearson and guest reserve Lee Complin combined for a 5-1 in Heat Two before finishing on four points apiece.

The league programme may be completed but their are still at least three more nights of action coming at Perry Barr - starting next Wednesday (August 17, 7.30) as the Brummies entertain a Coventry Bees Select.

BIRMINGHAM 48: Paul Starke 11+2, Kye Thomson 10+1, Justin Sedgmen 10, Paco Castagna 9+1, Lee Complin 4+2, James Pearson 4, Stefan Nielsen r/r.
BERWICK 42: Chris Harris 16+1, Leon Flint 10, Jye Etheridge 6+1, Ricky Wells 4, Theo Pijper 3, Joe Thompson 2+1, Connor Coles 1+1
Championship points: Birmingham 3 Berwick 1

Share This:   Facebook Twitter