Wednesday July 30, 2008
BIRMINGHAM suffered a home 48-42 Premier League defeat at the hands of Berwick in another entertaining Perry Barr clash.

Lee Smart withdrew late on with a back problem and Birmingham were forced to operate the rider-replacement facility.

James Birkinshaw, meanwhile, made a superb return from a liver infection by top scoring for the Perry Barr men – but, ironically, his last place in Heat 14 handed the win to Berwick.

The Bandits had Czech Republic World Cup star Adrian Rymel and former Coventry mascot Paul Clews in top form as they inspired the border club to a precious away success.

Skipper Jason Lyons survived a scare in his third outing when he locked and fell and Berwick’s Norbert Magosi struck him. Thankfully he was able to continue in the meeting but his exclusion allowed the Bandits a 5-1 and a six-point lead.

Birkinshaw and Lyons got the Brummies back into it with a maximum of their own – but in the next race, Heat 13, maximum-man Rymel delivered the goods for Berwick.

Kyle Legault pulled off a fine ride in the penultimate race to go from third to first – but when Clews passed him again with Aarnio third the meeting was over for the home side.

Now Drury’s men will be looking to regroup when they go to struggling Mildenhall on Saturday (7pm).

BRC ROOFING BRUMMIES: James Birkinshaw 11+1, Jason Lyons 10+2, Craig Watson 9+2, Kyle Legault 6+1, Jack Roberts 3+2, Jack Hargreaves 3+1, Lee Smart R/R.
BERWCK: Adrian Rymel 15, Paul Clews 15+1, Terno Aarnio 8+1, Michal Makovsky 5+1, Norbert Magosi 5, Gugliemo Franchetti 0, Scott Smith 0.

PICTURED: Maximum-man Adrian Rymel.

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