Wednesday August 04, 2010
BIRMINGHAM continued their charge towards the Premier League play-offs with a hard fought 48-42 win over a powerful Workington side at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

But the BRC Roofing Brummies survived a real scare as they were forced to stage a dramatic late recovery to secure two precious points.

With Justin Sedgmen making a dramatic return to form after a poor start, Brummies got level in Heat 10 as skipper Jason Lyons backed up a 5-1, and the last five races provided plenty of tension.

The Comets edged back ahead when Craig Cook got the better of Richard Sweetman, but Brummies levelled again in the next thanks to a win from Aaron Summers with Kyle Newman recovering from a 15-metre handicap to pass Andre Compton for third place.

With the scores level there was high drama in Heat 14 with Newman picking himself up from a heavy first-bend fall to take third place when Kenny Ingalls fell, and Steve Johnston made a brilliant last-ditch inside pass on Cook to put the Brummies ahead for the first time.

Then Harrison suffered problems before the last race and missed the time allowance, and as he came from the handicap Lyons and Johnston superbly got the better of Cook to the delight of the crowd.

Said Lyons: "That was close! We won at Redcar but if we lost this one that would have counted for nothing. We're delighted!"

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 15, Steve Johnston 13+1, Richard Sweetman 8, Justin Sedgmen 4+1, Aaron Summers 4, Kyle Newman 4, Klaus Jakobsen 0.

WORKINGTON: Rusty Harrison 11, Craig Cook 9+1, Chris Schramm 7+2, Richard Lawson 6+3, Kenny Ingalls 6, Andre Compton 3, Peter Kildemand r/r.

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