Saturday May 30, 2009
BIRMINGHAM kicked off their weekend northern tour with a 51-44 Premier League defeat at Workington.

The Brummies, who had Richard Sweetman away on Under-21 duty, looked set for heavy loss at one point, but they fought back to nearly take something from the meeting.

The Comets got off to an absolute flyer and after seven races had opened up a 31-12 lead. The Brummies travelling fans must have thought their team was on a hiding to nothing at this stage, but their heroes were to come storming back.

Ludvig Lindgren and Lee Smart finally stopped the onslaught with a 4-2 in heat 7 and with Tomasz Piszcz winning heat 9 for double points, the ensuing 6-3 further reduced the deficit to 35-22.

Jason Lyons took the final tactical ride in heat 11 but had to settle for second place behind Andre Compton. Lindgren was third for the Brummies and the resulting 5-3 made the score 41-30 with four races to go.

Workington replied with a 4-2 in heat 12, but the Birmingham big two of Lyons and Piszcz raced to a 5-1 in heat 13. With the Brummies now trailing by just nine-points this kept the Brummies still in the hunt of snatching a consolation league point.

Robert Ksiezak and Smart kept their hopes alive with a 4-2 in the penultimate race, but it wasn’t to be as Comets star Kevin Doolan held his nerve to win heat 15 ahead of Lyons and Piszcz and the Cumbrian side picked up all three league points.

WORKINGTON 51: Kevin Doolan 13+1, Adrian Rymel 10, Andre Compton 8+1, John Branney 7, Charles Wright 5+1, Richard Lawson 4+1, Craig Cook 4

BIRMINGHAM 44: Tomasz Piszcz 13+2, Jason Lyons 12, Robert Ksiezak 6+1, Lee Smart 6, Ludvig Lindgren 5+2, James Cockle 2, Manuel Hauzinger 0

* THE Brummies now stop overnight in the north of England before heading to Newcastle on Sunday evening for the final stop on their tour.

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