BRUMMIES 39 RYE HOUSE 53

Wednesday April 18, 2007
BIRMINGHAM lost their unbeaten home record at the hands of an impressive, fast-gating Rye House side in the first Premier League fixture of the season at Perry Barr.


The Rockets are many people's favourites for the title, and they showed exactly why by providing winners in 12 of the 15 races on their way to a convincing victory.

Brummies kept things close in the early stages as Rockets' reserve Luke Bowen fell on the last bend of Heat 2 whilst on a 5-1, and they edged in front with a 4-2 in Heat 6 - but the Rockets immediately turned that around with a 5-1 in Heat 7 and then simply extended their lead.

Time and again the visitors, who were not hampered at all by two injury absentees, were first into the first bend and it was all the Brummies could do to salvage second places.

Jason Lyons scored four points when on a tactical ride in Heat 12, beaten by guest rider Chris Holder who was in for Tai Woffinden, and there was some relief in the last race when UIrich Ostergaard got the better of Holder and Chris Neath.

Race of the night came in Heat 4 when Rye House's Stuart Robson worked his way from last to first, getting the verdict from the referee when he came inside Brummies' Brent Werner on the line.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 10+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 10, Emiliano Sanchez 6+1, Aidan Collins 5, Brent Werner 4, Ben Powell 2+2, Lee Smart 2.

RYE HOUSE: Chris Holder 13, Chris Neath 11+1, Stuart Robson 9, Steve Boxall 8+1, Tommy Allen 6+1, Joel Parsons 6, Luke Bowen 0.

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