KENT 50 BRUMMIES 40

Monday June 12, 2017
BIRMINGHAM suffered a 50-40 defeat against Kent in an incident-packed meeting at Central Park.

A sensational showing from stand-in skipper Tom Bacon was not enough to see the Surestop Brummies add to their Travel Plus National League points tally.

Bacon bagged 17 points and suffered just one defeat, whilst guesting No.1 Mitchell Davey also impressed.

But the visitors ran 11 last places and were made to pay by a Kings’ side with plenty of strength in depth.

They were also left sweating on the fitness of Kyle Roberts and Liam Carr ahead of Tuesday’s trip to the Isle of Wight.

Roberts suffered a suspected broken collarbone whilst Carr left with a wrist injury after a separate spill.

And team boss Graham Drury admitted his side were left “wounded” by the end of the night.

Said Drury: “We went into the meeting without our No.1 and our captain, then to lose two more riders left us right up against it.

“I felt we went in and put in a very good performance, especially considering the circumstances, although we were beaten by the better side.

“It was a brilliant effort from Tom Bacon to score 17 points it has to be said, but by the end it was the battle of the wounded.”

KENT 50: Luke Bowen 12+1, Anders Rowe 9+1, Ben Hopwood 8, Jack Thomas 7+3, Bradley Andrews 7+3, Nathan Stoneman 7+1, Luke Clifton R/R.

BIRMINGHAM 40: Tom Bacon 17, Mitchell Davey 12, Liam Carr 5, Layne Cupitt 3+1, Macauley Leek 2, Kyle Roberts 1, Darryl Ritchings R/R.

Picture: ELIZABETH LESLIE

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