BRUMMIES TAKE TROPHY GLORY

Monday June 27, 2016
BIRMINGHAM are the 2016 National Trophy Champions after an impressive 47-43 win at Kent.

The Surestop Brummies pulled off the same score line as last Wednesday's home leg to wrap up a 94-86 aggregate victory.

It was another determined performance from the Perry Barr outfit who extended their unbeaten streak to 16 meetings.

Team manager Graham Drury admits he is immensely proud of his side and says it's just a further warning to their National League rivals.

Said Drury: "I had people telling me how dominant Kent were at home and that a four point advantage wouldn't be enough, but tonight the lads proved those people wrong!"

"Every single one of our boys came here and gave it 100 per cent and they showed a true battling spirit.

"We've seen two impulsive speedway meetings and both sets of riders deserve plenty of credit for providing another excellent advert for the National League.

"We'll enjoy this moment and then we start focusing on the Knockout Cup next week and of course defending our league title!"

Zach Wajtknecht top scored for the Brummies for a second successive meeting as the 18-year-old continued his return to form.

Jack Smith bounced back from an exclusion in his first outing to pick up nine points from four rides on another sensational showing from the teen reserve.

Tom Bacon and Danyon Hume picked up one race win apiece on solid nights for the middle order duo while Tom Perry and Darryl Ritchings chipped in with vital contributions also.

Jack Parkinson-Blackburn had one of his toughest nights of the season but will have learnt plenty on his first league meeting at Central Park.

The Brummies will be looking for three more National League points when they host Mildenhall at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

NATIONAL TROPHY FINAL 2nd leg
KENT 43: Danny Ayres 15, James Shanes 12, David Mason 4+1, Jack Thomas 4, Dan Greenwood 3, Danno Verge 3, Luke Clifton 2.

BIRMINGHAM 47: Zach Wajtknecht 11+1, Jack Smith 9+1, Tom Bacon 7+1, Danyon Hume 7+1, Tom Perry 6+1, Darryl Ritchings 5+3, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 2.

Birmingham win 94-86 on aggregate

Picture: ELIZABETH LESLIE

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