BRUMMIES 45 EASTBOURNE 45

Wednesday June 07, 2017
BIRMINGHAM staged a stunning late comeback to snatch a last gasp 45-45 draw at home to Eastbourne.

The Surestop Brummies found themselves trailing by ten points with just three races remaining. But two 5-1s from maximum man Liam Carr and Guest No.1 Max Clegg in Heats 13 and 15 saw the Perry Barr outfit gain something for their efforts.

Even in tough conditions, caused by a series of heavy showers throughout the meeting, the showdown lived up to it's anticipated tight tussle and Brummies boss Graham Drury was full of praise for both sets of riders.

"I can't speak highly enough for both groups after that one because their willingness and continued determination was admirable," said Drury.

"When the rain came down I thought 'oh no, here we go again.'

"But not one single rider was fazed by the conditions and not one single complaint was heard.

"You have to praise them for that because if that was at a higher level, I'm almost certain the riders would have refused to carry on.

"While the final result was a draw, third tier speedway was the winner tonight so well done to both sides.

"As for the way the meeting went, what a comeback that was from us!

"That's why we're back-to-back league Champions because riders who represent Birmingham Speedway never give up.

"We actually let a couple of points slip here and there so we could have actually won, but I think a draw was about the fair result in the end.

"While every point was crucial, our three heat-leaders were outstanding again and delivered the goods when it mattered most.

"While it may not be a win, it's another performance to build on and we'll take the positives out of it."

Liam Carr raced to his second home 15 point maximum in three appearances and was duly awarded the Ductair Electric Ltd Rider of the Night.

Reigning British Under-19 Champion Max Clegg again showed his liking for the Perry Barr circuit, dropping just one point to an opponent when he narrowly missed out to Matt Williamson, despite starting from a 15 metre handicap in the opener.

Tom Bacon made the most of some quick reactions away from the starts as he secured two race wins on his way to double figures on another encouraging night for the 24-year-old.

Darryl Ritchings aggravated a leg problem on a tough night for the skipper while Layne Cupitt had a steady night at No.2.

Reserves Kyle Roberts and Macauley Leek gave it their all on a big night of learning for the duo, and their points proved invaluable in the end result.

The Brummies head to Kent on Monday in the first of back-to-back away fixtures before facing the Isle of Wight on Tuesday.

BIRMINGHAM 45: Liam Carr 15, Max Clegg 12+2, Tom Bacon 10, Layne Cupitt 3+1, Darryl Ritchings 2+1, Kyle Roberts 2, Macauley Leek 1.
EASTBOURNE 45: Jake Knight 13, Matt Williamson 9, Charley Powell 8+4, Tom Perry 7, Matt Bates 5+3, Taylor Hampshire 3, Mark Baseby R/R.

Travel Plus National League Points:
Birmingham 1-2 Eastbourne

Picture: JOHN HIPKISS

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