Thursday July 29, 2010
JASON Lyons was Birmingham's last-heat hero as the Perry Barr side got their Premier League campaign back on track at Redcar.

Lyons anchored the BRC Roofing Brummies' third away win of the season in a dramatic meeting which saw both sides throw away convincing leads.

The result was a big boost to their chances of securing a top-four finish and a play-off place, especially as rivals Sheffield dropped a home point against struggling Newport.

Brummies still showed signs of inconsistency on Teesside but there was a confidence-boosting paid-eight display from Justin Sedgmen, and Aaron Summers also made his return from a broken collarbone.

The home side, in good form around their own track, launched into an eight-point lead but Brummies mounted a fine recovery with back-to-back 5-1s in Heats 7 and 8 to level the scores - and they kept the momentum going to suddenly move eight ahead themselves at 37-29.

At that point the Redcar fightback begun, but Lyons' third straight win in Heat 13 looked to be enough despite Sedgmen falling in Heat 12 and Steve Johnston missing the two-minute time allowance in the subsequent race.

But Redcar contrived to pull off a totally unexpected 5-1 in Heat 14 to set up a last-heat decider, and Lyons was left to go it alone when Johnston fell and was disqualified.

Fortunately, the captain was up to the task as he got the better of Gary Havelock and ex-Brummie Emiliano Sanchez to secure a vital victory for his relieved team.

REDCAR 44: Gary Havelock 11, Emiliano Sanchez 8+2, Tomas Suchanek 8+1, James Grieves 6, Ben Wilson 5+1, Charles Wright 3+1, Peter Juul Larsen 3.

BIRMINGHAM 46: Jason Lyons 13, Justin Sedgmen 7+1, Richard Sweetman 6+1, Michal Rajkowski 6+1, Aaron Summers 5, Steve Johnston 5, Kyle Newman 4.

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