BRUMMIES 51 SOMERSET 39

Wednesday June 02, 2010
BIRMINGHAM staged a dramatic fightback to take all three points from a Premier League fixture against Somerset which looked in the early stages like being a shock defeat.

The BRC Roofing Brummies were off colour at the start, and found themselves 13-5 down after three races, not helped by Aaron Summers breaking down on the last bend of Heat 1 when he was set for a clear 5-1 with Jason Lyons.

With the Rebels having a flying guest reserve in Kalle Katajisto, it was hard work for the Brummies to pull back the deficit, but they did so by Heat 9 when a 5-1 from Justin Sedgmen and Richard Sweetman levelled the scores.

They took the lead for the first time with maximum points in Heat 11, Steve Johnston backed up by guest Tero Aarnio, and a vintage 5-1 from Johnston and Lyons two races later took the home side clear to the delight of another large crowd at Perry Barr.

They still hard to work to ensure all three points though, and Sweetman took centre stage with wins in the last two heats, the second of which was another 5-1 with Lyons - and the three points gained became even more significant with news that title rivals King's Lynn had dropped one at home to Workington.

BRUMMIES: Jason Lyons 12+2, Richard Sweetman 12+1, Steve Johnston 11, Justin Sedgmen 6, Aaron Summers 4+1, Tero Aarnio 3+2, Kyle Newman 3.

SOMERSET: Shane Parker 12, Kalle Katajisto 10+1, Sam Masters 8+2, Ritchie Hawkins 6, Mark Baseby 2+1, Lubos Tomicek 1+1, Cory Gathercole r/r.

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