BOSS ROGERS PRAISES DEPLETED SIDE

Sunday June 23, 2019
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers praised his team’s commitment after a ‘valiant effort’ in the Championship Fours.

Edwards Plumbing Brummies were knocked out in the semi-final stages in an event which was eventually won by Somerset.

An injury-hit Brummies side had just two full time riders available for the first showpiece event of the season which saw them restricted to using National League riders Joe Lawlor and Connor Coles.

Ashley Morris and Nathan Stoneman were both ruled out having not recovered from injuries picked up earlier last week while skipper James Shanes and Paco Castagna were both unavailable due to other commitments.

Tero Aarnio top scored for the Edwards Plumbing Brummies after fixing mechanical issues that had hampered his first few meetings since joining the club. He scored 4 points from his 2 outings, including an impressive second place after a strong battle with former Perry Barr favourite Danny King.

Team Manager Laurence Rogers said: ‘’A really valiant effort, all credit to Joe Lawlor and Connor Coles who really put all their effort into it and were both on the pace in both their races.

‘’If we would’ve had a full team here, I’m sure that could’ve been us in the final.’’

Brummies’ next league action is on July 3, when Glasgow are the visitors to Perry Barr.

BIRMINGHAM 8: Tero Aarnio 4, Adam Ellis 3, Connor Coles 1, Joe Lawlor 0.

Report: JOE APPLETON

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