BRUMMIES 40 PLYMOUTH 50

Wednesday July 25, 2018
BIRMINGHAM skipper Tom Bacon has pleaded with the club’s supporters to stick by them following a second successive home defeat.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies had been beaten at Perry Barr last week by title favourites Mildenhall, but their 50-40 loss to Plymouth this time around was much more disappointing.

Birmingham managed just four heat advantages and again struggled without the firepower of injured heat-leader Danyon Hume.

And while No.1 Bacon was untouchable, romping to a 15-point max, it wasn’t enough to stop the Brummies falling to their fifth defeat in six in all competitions.

“It was a real tough night for the team,” Bacon admitted.

“We know we couldn’t underestimate Plymouth and what they could do and bringing in Alfie (Bowtell) as a guest probably made them even stronger.

“We’re having it tough at the minute but we still need to give more as a team.

“Dan (Greenwood) is just lacking race fitness at the moment and that will come; we know what he’s capable of and we know he’ll do a job for us while he’s here.

“On a positive note though I thought Sheldon (Davies) rode well again tonight and he deserved more points than he actually got.

“He’s already shown some real glimpses of what he can do and he always gives it 100 per cent effort which is always good to see.

“Everyone’s just working so hard to get a team out there to challenge again.

“Laurence (Rogers - team manager), David and Peter (Mason - co-owners) have been working non-stop behind the scenes to try and get things back on track.

“But it’s so hard and no-one should underestimate them for what they’re trying to do for this club.

“We need the fans to stick with us and really get behind us though; it’s easy when you’re winning meetings for fun and everything is going well.

“But it’s through these tougher times where you need everyone to stick together and I know it’s been a frustrating couple of weeks, but we’re giving it everything we’ve got.”

The Brummies have a chance to make amends for their latest defeat when they travel to Stoke this Saturday (July 28, 7pm).

BIRMINGHAM 40: Tom Bacon 15, James Shanes 10+1, Leon Flint 5, Dan Greenwood 5, Sheldon Davies 3, Callum Walker 2, Jamie Sealey 0.

PLYMOUTH 50: Henry Akins 10, Alfie Bowtell 10, Ryan Terry-Daley 8+2, Ellis Perks 8, Macauley Leek 7+3, Richard Andrews 7+2, Bradley Andrews R/R.

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