Wednesday April 21, 2010
BIRMINGHAM got their home Premier League campaign off to the best possible start with an empathic 60-32 victory over Newcastle.

The Diamonds were expected to provide the sternest test yet for the in-form Brummies after being unbeaten on their travels this season, but the sixty-point mark was hit for the second week running at Perry Barr.

It looked like being a close contest in the early stages with Dakota North pouncing on a rare slip by Justin Sedgmen in Heat 2 and the Birmingham lead was just 14-10 after heat 4.

But after back-to-back Brummies 5-1s in Heats 5 and 6, Sedgmen was then back on form to end Rene Bach's hopes of a tactical ride win in the next.

The run of maximum advantages did not end until Heat 10, when Bach, easily Newcastle's best rider, ended the unbeaten runs of Steve Johnston and Aaron Summers.

A surprise move by the Diamonds to give North their second tactical ride in heat 12 did, however, net them a further four points.

But that was never going to affect the overall score with the Brummies supreme from the starts and forceful in their first bends - and they look the real deal for a title challenge this year.

BRUMMIES 60: Jason Lyons 14, Richard Sweetman 12+2, Aaron Summers 10+1, Steve Johnston 8+3, Chris Kerr 8+1, Justin Sedgmen 6+2, Jake Anderson 2+1.

NEWCASTLE 32: Rene Bach 9+1, Dakota North 9+1, Mark Lemon 4+1, Jason King 3, Derek Sneddon 3, Kenni Larsen 2+1, Adam McKinna 2.

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