Wednesday April 23, 2008
BIRMINGHAM are through to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Knockout Cup - despite their 47-43 home defeat by Glasgow on Wednesday night!

The BRC Roofing Brummies, still badly depleted by injuries, were thankful for their 12-point cushion from the first leg in Scotland on Sunday and always looked likely to go through.

Skipper Jason Lyons and and teenage sensation Adam Roynon scored 30-points between them - but there was no joy for new signing Mattia Carpanese at reserve who failed to trouble the scorers on his debut.

He touched the tapes in his opening ride and went off a 15-metre handicap and was never in a position to recover from that setback.

The lead switched between the teams with Lyons riding superbly in Heat 12 to overcome Josh Grajczonek and Trent Leverington after being pinned on the first bend.

But Glasgow's key moment came in Heat 14 when Chris Schramm, Birmingham's guest rider, retired on the first lap, Mills and Grajczonek taking full advantage to put them four points up.

Parker and Leverington hit the front in Heat 15 and although the Brummies pair made it past Leverington, Parker was away for the win which saw Lyons beaten for the first time at home this season at Premier League level.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 16+1, Adam Roynon 14, Lee Smart 5+2, Chris Schramm 5+2, Jack Hargeaves 3, Mattia Carpanese 0, Jack Roberts 0, Kyle Legault R/R.
GLASGOW: Shane Parker 13, Josh Grajczonek 9+2, Trent Leverington 8+1, Chris Mills 8+1, Robert Ksiezak 7+1, Lee Dicken 2+1, Ross Brady R/R.

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