EASTBOURNE 46 BRUMMIES 43

Saturday July 02, 2016
BIRMINGHAM saw their unbeaten record come to an end in dramatic fashion as they suffered a last-gasp 46-43 defeat against Eastbourne at Arlington.

The Surestop Brummies led for the majority of the meeting but a 5-1 in a tense heat 15 decider condemned them to their first defeat of the campaign.

Adam Ellis came back to haunt his former club, striking a faultless 15-point maximum for the Eagles including crucial victories in heats 13 and 15.

It was a frustrating conclusion to what had been another encouraging evening for the Brummies, with them eventually earning a well-deserved National League point.

Graham Drury admitted they were disappointed not to get over the line after leading by six points with just three races remaining – but he was nonetheless keen to focus on the positives.

Said Drury: “We were in a very good positon, and we had a gameplan throughout the meeting that was going well.

“We knew heat 14 was always going to be a critical one, and when Darryl Ritchings and Jack Smith were on a 5-1 it looked like we were going to win it.

“Unfortunately Jack fell on the very last bend of the last lap, and that proved costly in the end. That’s the nature of the National League though, it’s all about young riders gaining experience and I’m sure Jack will learn from it.

“We can’t have any complaints, it was a tremendous match and to take Eastbourne to the last heat at Arlington was a great effort from everybody.

“Our riders all went out there and gave it their all, they learnt a lot and although the last couple of heats didn’t go our way we at least earned a point to show for our efforts.”

Young gun Jack Parkinson-Blackburn recorded two impressive race wins at reserve, whilst Tom Perry, Tom Bacon and Darryl Ritchings also earned a victory apiece.

Middle order man Danyon Hume put in a solid display in the engine room of the side, but guesting No.1 Daniel Halsey endured a tough night whilst teenage racer Jack Smith suffered two falls when leading.

The high-flying Brummies will nonetheless aim to get back to winning ways when they resume their National League Knockout Cup campaign against Belle Vue at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

EASTBOURNE 46: Adam Ellis 15, Jake Knight 10+2, Georgie Wood 9, Luke Harris 6+1, Ben Hopwood 6+1, Tom Brennan 0, Gary Cottham r/r.
BIRMINGHAM 43: Tom Bacon 8+1, Danyon Hume 8+1, Tom Perry 8+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 8+1, Darryl Ritchings 6+1, Dan Halsey 3+1, Jack Smith 2+1.


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