Saturday May 09, 2009
BIRMINGHAM’S Knock-Out Cup quest is over for another year after going down to a 53-37 defeat at Rye House on Saturday evening.

The Brummies went into the meeting at Hoddesdon already trailing by four-points from the first leg at Perry Barr so were always facing an uphill task against a team who are near unbeatable on their home track.

This was proved as the Rockets fired themselves in front early-on and soon opened up a 17-7 lead after the completion of just four races.

Jason Lyons and Richard Sweetman did pull a couple of points back for Birmingham in heat 5 and Robert Ksiezak and Ludvig Lindgren then repeated the feat two races later.

A Rye House 5-1 followed in heat 8 and with his side now trailing 30-18 Brummies boss Graham Drury elected for a tactical gate switch in heat 10. Ksiezak and Lindgren were given choice of starting positions and they used it some advantage to race to a 4-2 over Joe Haines and Robert Mear.

With the Rockets leading 43-29 Drury used his second and final tactical gate move in heat 13, but Tomasz Piszcz was excluded for bringing down Mear on the second lap and it was an opportunity missed.

In the re-run Linus Sundstrom and Mear raced to a 4-2 over Jason Lyons, which cemented victory on the night and a place in the next round of the competition for the Hertfordshire side.

RYE HOUSE 53: Joe Haines 15, Luke Bowen 11, Linus Sundstrom 9, Andrew Silver 7+3, Chris Neath 7+1, Robert Mear 4, Tommy Allen r/r.

BIRMINGHAM 37: Jason Lyons 11, Robert Ksiezak 9+1, Ludvig Lindgren 6, Tomasz Piszcz 6, Richard Sweetman 2+1, Daniel Halsey 2+1, Ben Taylor 1.

Rye House win 100-80 on aggregate.

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