Saturday June 05, 2010
BIRMINGHAM missed the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League table as they were beaten in Saturday's local derby at Loomer Road.

The BRC Roofing Brummies appeared all set for their third win of the season at Stoke when they led 19-11 after five races, having provided all of the heat winners to that stage.

But Stoke mounted a dramatic mid-meeting fightback, led by Birmingham asset Lee Smart who was superb at reserve for the home side, and a run of three 5-1s in four races suddenly turned the meeting around completely.

When Smart inflicted the first defeat on Brummies skipper Jason Lyons in Heat 11, it gave the Potters a six-point lead to defend in the closing stages.

Wins for impressive guest Kyle Legault and Steve Johnston in Heats 12 and 13 helped cut the gap back to two, and Legault then won Heat 14 but Richard Sweetman was pegged at the back behind Smart and Carl Wilkinson to keep the home side ahead.

And it was the Potters fans who were celebrating at the end with Claus Vissing and Hynek Stichauer out-trapping Johnston and Legault in Heat 15 to finish the meeting with a 5-1.

Brummies do take a Premier League point from the meeting - but having provided nine of the 15 race winners, they will certainly feel it should have been more.

STOKE: Lee Smart 14+1, Hynek Stichauer 12+1, Claus Vissing 6+3, Jan Graversen 6, Carl Wilkinson 5+2, Ricky Wells 5, Taylor Poole r/r.

BIRMINGHAM: Kyle Legault 11, Steve Johnston 10, Jason Lyons 9, Richard Sweetman 5, Aaron Summers 4, Justin Sedgmen 3+1, Paul Starke 0.

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