Friday August 15, 2008
BIRMINGHAM face mission impossible in their battle for the Premier Trophy, following a 65-24 drubbing in the first leg of the final at Edinburgh.

The Brummies started the meeting well enough taking the lead in the opening race, but the Monarchs adapted better to the tricky track conditions thereafter and eventually ran out convincing winners.

Ryan Fisher raced to an immaculate 18-point maximum for the Scottish outfit and the American had plenty of support with Matt Wethers 12+2 and Andrew Tully 10+1 also impressing. Kyle Legault was top man for Birmingham with 9 points, but the Canadian star had little support from his team-mates which included Jason Lyons having a rare off-night scoring just 2.

Following the opening race 4-2 from Tomasz Piszcz and Jack Roberts, the Monarchs quickly went in front with a 5-1 in heat 2. Legault won a shared heat 3, but with both Brummies excluded in heat 4, Fisher and Aaron Summers subsequently increased the home side’s lead to 15-8 with a 5-0.

That 7 point lead soon became 27, when a quick succession of 5-1s saw Edinburgh open up an unassailable 40-13 advantage after heat 9.

Jason Lyons donned the black and white helmet for double points in heat 10, but it all went wrong when the Birmingham skipper trailed in last place. Monarchs guest Mark Lemon won the race from Legault and Derek Sneddon and the ensuing 4-2 sealed the victory for the Scottish side.

In the closing races Edinburgh further cemented their advantage with more 5-1s, and all this leaves the Brummies facing a monumental task back at Perry Barr in the eventual second leg.

EDINBURGH 65: Ryan Fisher 18, Matt Wethers 12+2, Andrew Tully 10+1, Derek Sneddon 9, Aaron Summers 8+4, Mark Lemon 8+3, Thomas Jonasson R/R

BIRMINGHAM 24: Kyle Legault 9, Tomasz Piszcz 5+1, Jack Roberts 4, Craig Watson 2, Jason Lyons 2, James Cockle 2, Jay Herne 0

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