Sunday April 20, 2008
DEPLETED Birmingham are in a great position in their Knockout Cup tie with Glasgow after a remarkable 52-40 win at Glasgow.

And they had to hit back from a Glasgow maximum in the first race to make themselves clear favourites for the return at Perry Barr on Wednesday - when Mattia Carpanese will make his debut.

Skipper Jason Lyons was magnificent as he went through the card unbeaten by an opposing rider at the club where he started his British career 17-years ago.

Glasgow hardly helped their own cause as on three occasions they held 5-1 positions only for one of their riders to fall, and neither Ross Brady (leg) nor Mitchell Davey (thigh) were able to complete the meeting after crashing.

BRC Roofing Brummies boss Graham Drury made a fine guest selection with Newcastle's Jason King replacing Phil Morris, and he responded with a paid-12 score, well backed by Adam Roynon and Lee Smart elsewhere in the top five.

Glasgow kept things close for the majority of the meeting but a 5-1 from Roynon and Smart in Heat 11 took the Brummies eight points clear, and the home team's outstanding rider Shane Parker could only make it into second place in the next race when taking a tactical substitute outing.

Brummies underlined their supremacy with Lyons winning three of the last four races, and King and Roberts combined for a 5-1 in Heat 14 as the Tigers lost ground rapidly in the closing stages.

GLASGOW 40: Shane Parker 16, Trent Leverington 8+1, Lee Dicken 5, Josh Grajczonek 5, Ross Brady 3+1, Robert Ksiezak 3+1, Mitchell Davey 0.
BIRMINGHAM 52: Jason Lyons 16+2, Jason King 11+1, Adam Roynon 10+1, Lee Smart 8, Jack Roberts 6+2, Jack Hargreaves 1, Kyle Legault R/R.

*BIRMINGHAM have signed top Italian Mattia Carpanese, 22, as a short-term replacement for the injured James Birkinshaw.

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