WONDERBOY WOFFY WINS IT FOR ROCKETS

Wednesday September 10, 2008
BIRMINGHAM suffered a narrow 48-42 defeat in a tight Premier League battle with Rye House at Perry Barr last night.

Once again the BRC Roofing Brummies relied too much on their top end strength – but reigning champions Rye House just had too much strength in-depth.

Birmingham had a stroke of luck when British wonderkid Tai Woffinden fell in his opening ride and was excluded from the re-run. He made no mistake in his next outing, however, and romped to victory to set the tone for the rest of his night.

Skipper Jason Lyons survived another injury scare when he hit the fence in Heat 9 after being taken wide by the hard-riding Tommy Allen. The Rye House man was excluded and, thankfully, Lyons able to walk away.

Allen was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone and took no further part in the meeting after starting with two straight wins.

Woffinden came good to inspire the Rockets and, going into the last race, Birmingham needed a 5-1 maximum to draw the match.

But Woffinden, the Great Britain World Cup star tipped as a future World Champion by Brummies boss Graham Drury, won the match with a fine ride for the Rockets.

Tomasz Piszcz continued his impressive form for Birmingham with 14-points – and that means he has amassd a staggering 59-points in the last four meetings to ride himself into contention for a place at Perry Barr next season.

BIRMINGHAM: Tomasz Piszcz 14, Jason Lyons 11, James Birkinshaw 7+2, Craig Watson 6+1, Ben Taylor 3+1, Jay Herne 1+1, Kyle Legault R/R.
RYE HOUSE: Tai Woffinden 12, Stefan Ekberg 9+1, Daniel Halsey 7, Chris Neath 6+1, Tommy Allen 6, Ben Powell 5+3, Robert Mear 3.

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