Wednesday July 03, 2019
BIRMINGHAM team boss Laurence Rogers admitted it was a “frustrating” night at the office as they lost out 49-41 to high-flying Glasgow.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies slipped up after losing their way halfway through the Championship clash.
An outstanding performance from No.1 Adam Ellis with 18 points couldn’t even stop the Scottish side taking the spoils.
Rogers was left to rue bad luck and refereeing decisions. He said: “It was a very frustrating night for us. We felt the ref got it wrong in Heat 8 and that James Shanes got Kyle Bickley on the line but he gave it the other way.
“Then we had guest Ellis Perks break down while on a 5-1 in the next race. We should have been level after Heat 9 but instead we were eight points down and it’s always going to be an uphill struggle from there.
“I felt the boys worked really hard tonight. We were missing Ashley Morris and Tero Aarnio and had to cover for him using rider replacement and that was going to be tough.
“But everyone gave it their all and I think with a bit more luck we could have got something out of it. However it just didn’t go our way.
“Adam was outstanding all night; to beat Craig Cook in Heat 1 set us up nicely and then the reserves got us in front.
“It was all level after six heats and I felt we looked in good shape. They got a couple of big heat wins and then just as we hit back we had the bad luck.
“There are a few positives with Nick Agertoft getting his first paid win for the club while I felt the reserves with Danyon Hume back looked very strong.
“It’s a tough one to take because it’s frustrating. I felt we could have got the win but we just fell short.”
Ellis was excellent reeling off four early wins which kept Glasgow in check. But two successive 5-1s from the Scots in Heats 7 and 8 gave them a vital eight-point cushion.
After Perks’ bike gave up the ghost in Heat 9, Brummies still kept up the pressure with a maximum in Heat 10.
Glasgow increased their lead by two but a penultimate heat 4-2 from Ellis and Perks set up a last heat decider. But it was no contest as Cook and Rasmus Jensen outgated Ellis to seal all the points.
BIRMINGHAM 41: Adam Ellis 18, Paco Castagna 7+1, James Shanes 6+1, Danyon Hume 4+1, Ellis Perks 4, Nick Agertoft 2+1, Tero Aarnio R/R.
GLASGOW 49: Craig Cook 13+1, Rasmus Jensen 13, Claus Vissing 7, Paul Starke 6+2, James Sarjeant 5+1, Kyle Bickley 3+1, Connor Bailey 2+2.

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