Saturday May 31, 2008
BIRMINGHAM have fresh injury worries following their 62-30 KO Cup quarter-final, 1st leg defeat at Rye House on Saturday.

Phil Morris, who was in his first meeting back from injury, is back on the treatment table following a heavy crash in heat 1. And to add to the Brummies woes, team mate Adam Roynon fell in the same incident and, he too, looks set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines

Early indications are that Roynon has suffered a possible broken leg and Morris has a dislocated or fractured shoulder. Further updates will be issued on Sunday.

The crash occurred in the on the second lap of the opening race as Morris was battling with Rye House’s Robert Mear, which resulted in the Welshman crashing heavily through the Hoddesdon safety fence. Roynon, who was in hot pursuit, couldn’t avoid the carnage and he became the latest victim in what has been a sickening season of injuries for the Brummies.

With Birmingham down to five men and the reserves under extra pressure having to take their full quota of rides, it proved to be a long night for the Midland side.

The Rockets took full-advantage of Birmingham’s misfortune and quickly opened up a 26-10 lead after six races. Skipper Jason Lyons did salvage some pride when going out as a tactical ride in heat 7 to earn a 5-3 with team mate Lee Smart, but that was as good as it got and the Rockets ran out emphatic winners.

Lyons finished the meeting having to sit out heat 15 after a heat 12 spill, when his fingers became trapped between his machine and that of James Birkinshaw, causing some bleeding

RYE HOUSE 62: Stefan Ekberg 14+1, Tai Woffinden 13+2, Luke Bowen 10, Robert Mear 8+3, Chris Neath 8+1, Tommy Allen 7+1, Danny Betson 2
BIRMINGHAM 30: Jason Lyons 10, Jamie Birkinshaw 8+1, Craig Watson 5, Lee Smart 4+1, Jack Hargreaves 3, Adam Roynon 0, Phil Morris 0

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