BERWICK 40 BRUMMIES 52

Saturday August 11, 2007
BIRMINGHAM maintained their push for a play-off place by taking a comfortable away win at struggling Berwick on Saturday.

With Polish rider Jacek Rempala banned after missing the Bandits' match at Newport last weekend, Brummies were able to take advantage of the home side fielding Conference League man John McPhail in their team.

But their win was convincing enough to suggest that they would have taken the points anyway even had Berwick been at full strength.

Skipper Jason Lyons was in top form as he carded a paid maximum from four rides, and was even given a rare rest from a Heat 15 outing.

And the Australian was given fine support from right down the order, with every Birmingham rider scoring at least five points.

The main turning point of the meeting came in Heats 7 and 8 when first Lyons and Henrik Moller teamed up for a 5-1, and they were followed by Maunel Hauzinger and Ben Powell doing likewise to put the Brummies ten points clear.

Berwick's tactical ride came into play with Stanislaw Burza in Heat 9, but he was beaten by Emiliano Sanchez to leave Berwick with few options for a further response.

With Workington dropping an aggregate point against Somerset, the Brummies are back into third place, and will hope to add three further points to their tally in Wednesday's return match against the Bandits at Perry Barr.

BERWICK: Stanislaw Burza 12+1, Michal Makovsky 12, Theo Pijper 6, Andreas Bergstrom 4+2, Sam Martin 3+1, David Meldrum 2+1, John McPhail 1.

BRUMMIES: Jason Lyons 11+1, Henning Bager 8+1, Ben Powell 8+1, Emiliano Sanchez 8, Manuel Hauzinger 7, Lee Smart 5+3, Henrik Moller 5+1.

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