Wednesday October 07, 2009
BIRMINGHAM face the mountainous task of winning at King's Lynn by more than four points next Wednesday if they are to continue their promotion bid this season.

The Norfolk Arena side are the overwhelming favourites to progress after a 47-43 verdict at Perry Barr, headlined by a brilliant full maximum from 17-year-old sensation Darcy Ward.

The BRC Roofing Brummies initially had hopes of building a decent advantage as they led by six points after six races, but then the Stars' top four began to take control of the meeting.

A key turning point was when skipper Jason Lyons suffered mechanical trouble when battling for the lead of Heat 7. Not only did it cost the Brummies a 5-1, it wrecked the rest of Lyons' night and with guest Mark Lemon unable to reproduce his form of recent weeks, the home side lost out in the top-order.

The Stars recorded a series of heat wins to move into a six-point lead of their own with two heats to go, before the ever-battling Richard Sweetman and Jay Herne got the better of ex-Brummie Emiliano Sanchez in Heat 14 to leave the scores at 41-43.

Briefly it looked like Sweetman and Ludvig Lindgren could salvage a draw on the night in Heat 15 as Ward was left at the back - but the teenager displayed his colossal talent as he worked his way through to first place to wrap up a magnificent individual display.

BIRMINGHAM 43: Richard Sweetman 10+2, Ludvig Lindgren 8+1, Rusty Harrison 6+1, Lee Smart 5+2, Jason Lyons 5+1, Jay Herne 5+1, Mark Lemon 4.

KING'S LYNN 47: Darcy Ward 15, Ty Proctor 10+1, Chris Schramm 10, Emiliano Sanchez 8+2, Linus Eklof 3, Jan Graversen 1, Kozza Smith R/R.

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