Thursday April 05, 2007
THE Birmingham Brummies faced up to their toughest test yet of their debut season back in British Speedway and unfortunately came off second best , as they went down to a 62-31 Premier Trophy defeat against Sheffield at Owlerton on Thursday evening.

It was the Brummies first defeat of the season, but they have the perfect opportunity to strike straight back as they face the Tigers in the return match tomorrow evening at Perry Barr (Good Friday, 7.45pm).

Birmingham can take some pluses from the night, none more so than the continued good form of Ulrich Ostergaard who’s 11 point return included a defeat of home favourite Ricky Ashworth. Jason Lyons scored 10 points, but the best support for the top two came from Emiliano Sanchez and Ben Powell with just 4 points apiece.

For Sheffield, Andre Compton came back from last week’s big crash at Kings Lynn with a faultless 15-point maximum and, the Tigers skipper had some good backing from Ashworth 13 (paid 14) and James Birkinshaw 9 (paid 10).

The Tigers got off to a flier with a flurry of 4-2’s in the opening three races and, then a 5-1 in heat 4 from Paul Cooper and Ben Wilson increased their advantage to 17-7. They kept the gas on with another 4-2 in heat 5 and a further 5-1 from Ashworth and Joel Parsons in heat 6 made it 26-10.

The Brummies did make a brief fight back with a 6-3 when Lyons won heat 7 as a tactical ride, but successive 5-1’s and 4-2 over the next three heats put the Tigers into an unassailable 43-20 lead after heat 10.

Two more 4-2’s over the next four races made it 57-30 going into heat 15 and, then a last heat 5-1 from Sheffield’s Andre Compton and Ashworth over Ulrich Ostergaard and Lyons, saw the Tigers run out comfortable 62-31 winners on the night.

SHEFFIELD: Andre Compton 15, Ricky Ashworth 13+1, James Birkinshaw 9+1, Joel Parsons 7+1, Paul Cooper 7+1, Ben Wilson 6+3, James Cockle 5+1

BRUMMIES: Ulrich Ostergaard 11, Jason Lyons 10, Emiliano Sanchez 4, Ben Powell 4, Aidan Collins 1, Lee Smart 1, Brent Werner 0

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