BRUMMIES 49 RYE HOUSE 39

Wednesday April 15, 2015
BIRMINGHAM got their National League campaign off to a dream start with a 49-39 victory against Rye House.

The meeting was close throughout but a Heat 12 5-1 and a Heat 15 5-0 proved pivotal in the end.

Team Manager Graham Drury was thrilled to secure the three league points and also says it was a "brilliant" advert for the third tier of British Speedway.

"If that's what the National League is all about, then I'm really going to enjoy this year," said Drury.

"It had everything - tension, drama, falls, passing, some great battles - it really was an enjoyable night.

"To top it all off we got the win and it was an excellent performance by all of the team and there's a real buzz around the place."

It was a solid team performance throughout with all six riders chipping in with some vital points.

Harvie Banks improved as the meeting went on (2+1) and Adam Kirby put in a steady performance (3+2) before being involved in a nasty looking crash in Heat 10, but suffered no long lasting injuries.

Skipper Tom Perry put in a true captain's showing bagging double figures once again (11+2) and Dan Greenwood covered for Adam Ellis at No.1 superbly (12+1).

But it was the reserves who will take the most confidence out of tonight's meeting. Zach Wajtknecht scored a breathtaking 12+3 whilst Alex Wilson picked up his highest score of the season so far also (9+2).

It's another huge result for the Brummies and they'll be full of confidence when they host the Stoke Potters on April 29.

BIRMINGHAM 49: Zach Wajtknecht 12+3, Dan Greenwood 12+1, Tom Perry 11+1, Alex Wilson 9+2, Adam Kirby 3+2, Harvie Banks 2+1, Sam Chapman R/R.

RYE HOUSE 39: Rob Branford 12, Luke Chessell 6, Kyle Hughes 6, Sam Woods 5+1, Luke Priest 5+1, Danyon Hume 3, Alfie Bowtell 2.

National League points: Birmingham 3 Rye House 0

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