Saturday May 25, 2019
BIRMINGHAM were well beaten 58-32 at in-form league leaders Leicester on Saturday.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies were restricted to just two heat advantages at the Paul Chapman and Sons Arena as the hosts made it nine wins out of their last ten in all competitions.

Team boss Laurence Rogers admits he was disappointed with his side’s performance overall - especially with their opponents being reduced to six riders early in the meeting.

“It was a really nasty one for Josh (Bates) when he flipped it on the start line in Heat Three and we send him our best wishes,” Rogers said.

“We knew they’d have to use Injury Rider Replacement after that and with them already having to use a National League rider at reserve I felt the boys could really take it to Leicester and maybe spring a surprise.

“Too many of our riders had off nights unfortunately though and we weren’t good enough.

“Leicester are a strong team though who’ve been on a good run and full credit to their reserve Ellis Perks who really stepped up to the plate when they needed him tonight.

“We’re very disappointed with the result and the performance but we move on.”

Brummies return to home action at Perry Barr this Wednesday (May 29, 7.30) when Eastbourne visit in the Knockout Cup with plenty planned for junior supporters for the Whitsun Half-Term fixture.

LEICESTER 58: Ellis Perks 15+1, Richie Worrall 13+1, Ryan Douglas 12+2, Scott Nicholls 10+2, Connor Mountain 8+2, Josh Bates 0, Ryan MacDonald 0.

BIRMINGHAM 32: Ashley Morris 10+1, James Shanes 7+1, Adam Ellis 7, Ulrich Ostergaard 3, Paco Castagna 3, Nathan Stoneman 2, Zach Wajktnecht R/R.

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