Friday April 17, 2009
BIRMINGHAM are still looking for their first away win of the season following a 52-43 Premier Trophy defeat at Somerset.

The defeat now means the Brummies hopes of making the semi-finals of the competition appear to be slim, but they still have plenty to race for this weekend as they head to Stoke for more trophy action on Saturday evening.

The Rebels soon hit the front with a 5-1 in heat 2 and their advantage was increased to 16-8 with another five-pointer after Tomasz Piszcz had been excluded for bringing down Cory Gathercole in the original running of heat 4.

Piszcz did make amends when providing Birmingham with their first race winner in a hard-fought heat 6, but they still trailed by ten-points and Ludvig Lindgren was subsequently nominated for double-points in heat 7. Unfortunately the Swede had to play second-fiddle to Gathercole after he was passed on the opening lap and the resulting 5-3 with team-mate Robert Ksiezak could only reduce the deficit to 26-18.

This was followed by two successive Somerset 5-1s in heats 8 and 9, but the Brummies did have a better return from Jason Lyons’ tactical ride in heat 11. The Aussie raced to a comfortable win ahead of Tom Brown, and Richard Sweetman took advantage of Gathercole’s exclusion to finish third. The ensuing 7-2 closed the gap to 41-30.

However, there was to be no late fight-back and although Piszcz and Lyons both passed Emil Kramer for a last ditch 5-1 in heat 15, it was too little too late and Somerset had done enough by then to finish the night with all three league points.

SOMERSET 52 : Emil Kramer 12+1, Steve Johnston 9, Jay Herne 8+2, Tom Brown 8+1, Simon Walker 7, Cory Gathercole 6, Justin Sedgmen 2+2
BRUMMIES 43 : Jason Lyons 13+1, Tomasz Piszcz 10, Ludvig Lindgren 8, Robert Ksiezak 7+2, Richard Sweetman 2+1, Marek Mroz 2, Ben Taylor 1

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