BELLE VUE 41 BRUMMIES 48

Saturday August 06, 2016
BIRMINGHAM booked their place in the Knockout Cup semi-finals with an impressive 48-41 win at Belle Vue on Saturday.

The Surestop Brummies headed to Manchester with an 18-point lead from the first leg at Perry Barr a month earlier.

They nonetheless maintained their magnificent run of form to claim a hard-fought victory on the night and seal a comprehensive 102-77 aggregate triumph.

Team boss Graham Drury was delighted with “another excellent performance” from his in-form side.

Said Drury: "The job was done in the first leg in reality, and going there with such a big lead the pressure was always off to an extent.

"We managed to get off to a good start to settle any nerves, and it was another excellent performance.

"It’s great to keep our momentum going, and it stands us in good stead for when we go back to Belle Vue in the league later in the season."

Tom Bacon top scored for the Brummies with a brilliant display, dropping just one point from five rides in the No.4 race jacket.

Danyon Hume also bagged double figures to earn a well-deserved heat 15 appearance, whilst Jack Smith continued his fine form at reserve.

The Brummies ran just five last places with another strong all-around showing on the road to make it eight successive wins in all competitions.

They will be back in National League action as they host Coventry Storm at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

BELLE VUE 41: Dan Bewley 11, Lee Payne 10, Nathan Greaves 9+1, Rob Shuttleworth 5+1, Tom Woolley 2+1, David Holt 2, Andy Mellish 2.
BIRMINGHAM 48: Tom Bacon 14, Jack Smith 10+2, Danyon Hume 10, Tom Perry 5+1, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn 4+1, Daniel Halsey 3+1, Darryl Ritchings 2+1.
Birmingham win 102-77 on aggregate

Picture: IAN CHARLES


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