Brummies 'wounded' in Kent but bounce back to defeat Isle of Wight in National League - The Solihull Observer

Brummies 'wounded' in Kent but bounce back to defeat Isle of Wight in National League

Solihull Editorial 15th Jun, 2017   0

SPEEDWAY: BIRMINGHAM Brummies returned from the south coast with a helpful away win after defeating the Isle of Wight on Tuesday night.

The club’s mini south-coast tour didn’t come without its problems though as teenage reserve Kyle Roberts suffered a suspected broken collarbone during Monday night’s meeting at Kent, which the Brummies lost by ten points.

Birmingham travelled to Central Park on Monday night to take part in what turned out to be an incident packed meeting.

Despite a sensational showing from stand-in skipper Tom Bacon, his performance was not enough to see the Brummies add to their Travel Plus National League points tally.

Bacon bagged 17 points and suffered just one defeat, while guesting No.1 Mitchell Davey also impressed.

But the visitors ran 11 last places and were made to pay by a Kings’ side with plenty of strength in depth.

Team boss Graham Drury admitted his side were left ‘wounded’ by the end of the night.

Drury said: “We went into the meeting without our No.1 and our captain, then to lose two more riders left us right up against it.

“I felt we went in and put in a very good performance, especially considering the circumstances, although we were beaten by the better side.

“It was a brilliant effort from Tom Bacon to score 17 points it has to be said, but by the end it was the battle of the wounded.”

Drury’s team tasted better fortunes on Tuesday night though with an impressive 16 point win over the Isle of Wight.

The patched-up Brummies bounced back from Monday’s bruising defeat at Kent to leave Smallbrook with four Travel Plus National League points.

It was an excellent showing from the Perry Barr outfit as they delivered eight race wins and ran just four last places.

And team boss Graham Drury declared himself proud of the effort shown by his depleted side.

He added: “We had a few riders carrying knocks after the meeting on Monday, so to come away with a win was a great result in the circumstances.

“The Isle of Wight can be a tough place to go, but we had good contributions throughout the side and rode very well.

“I’ve got nothing but praise for the promotion at the Isle of Wight, we enjoyed our trip there as we always do and it’s nice to be coming back with four points.”

Liam Carr battled through the pain barrier to bag an outstanding 15-point haul whilst guesting No.1 Zach Wajtknecht and Tom Bacon also impressed.

Layne Cupitt earned a well-deserved heat 15 appearance after notching a vital score, whilst Macauley Leek and Alex Spooner, guesting for the injured Kyle Roberts, made important contributions in the lower order.

The Brummies will be back in action at Perry Barr when they host Lakeside next Wednesday, June 21, at 7.30pm.

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