SPEEDWAY: BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury insists their Knockout Cup tie with Plymouth is far from over despite losing last night’s home leg by four points.
It was a first defeat in competitive fixtures at Perry Barr since October 2015 for the Brummies, who now require an inspired performance at the St. Boniface Arena tonight.
Birmingham opened up an early two point advantage with a 4-2 and maintained their lead when David Mason took the chequered flag in heat three.
But that would be the final time the Brummies led in the meeting as Plymouth’s strength at the top shined with Adam Roynon and Steve Boxall dropping just four points between them.
Despite still struggling with arm and rib injuries sustained last week, Liam Carr top scored for the Brummies and was the only home rider to finish ahead of Roynon and Boxall.
Teenager Taylor Hampshire followed up his impressive debut with a double figure return while David Mason and Layne Cupitt returned with 8+1 and 5+1 respectively.
No.1 Jack Parkinson-Blackburn disappointed with just five points while Tom Bacon and Macauley Leek also struggled to get among the points.
Drury said: “Nobody can take anything away from Plymouth tonight; they were the better side and they deserved the win.
“Adam Roynon and Steve Boxall were superb and they received good back up from other members of their team so fair play to them.
“A few of our riders had below par nights but the performances of Liam Carr, Taylor Hampshire and David Mason in particular were positives to come out of it.
“Of course we’re not happy with losing this first leg – but I guess it’s the old adage where it’s only half time.
“We have to go to Plymouth tomorrow in a positive frame of mind, attack the meeting and give it our best go.”
The Brummies head to Plymouth without Mason who is missing due to a prior commitment arranged before he signed for Birmingham with Kean Dicken coming in at reserve.